How To Better Protect Your Home From Water And Moisture Damage

Water and moisture damage can be devastating for a home. Water damage can cause severe structural problems with roofing, siding, and foundation. It can also destroy the aesthetics of a home. Most devastatingly, damages from water can be costly to repair. 

Like with most things, the best course of action for handling water and moisture damage is to be proactive. Get ahead of the problem and set up safeguards to protect your home from the start. 

What are the best ways to protect your home? Here are four surefire ways to get you started. 

#1. Start with High-Quality Materials 

Protecting your home begins with the home’s initial construction. If you’re a part of that initial architecture, be sure to choose materials that stand up well to water and moisture damage and avoid materials that don’t. This is especially important if you live in wet and humid climates. 

One material that’s great for preventing water damage is insulated concrete forms. Insulated concrete forms are part of a construction technique called ICF construction. It’s a technique that simplifies the construction process while maximizing energy-efficiency and insulation advantages. The benefit to using insulated concrete forms is that they stand up incredibly well to inclement weather and other hazards, like fire and termites. 

If utilizing something like ICFs is out of the question, then try to avoid materials like wood or paper-faced drywall. Pay a bit more in the beginning to get higher-quality material now and save a fortune on water damage repairs later. 

#2. Reinforce Your Roof and Siding

Your roof is your house’s primary line of defense against the rain. If your roof is in poor shape, you’re going to have some rough rainy days ahead. While asphalt is a tempting roof material to use due to its cost-effectiveness, it’s also easily damaged in storms. Instead of asphalt, opt for alternatives to asphalt shingles. They have everything from synthetic asphalt to metal roofing, so there’s no excuse to have a roof that can’t stand up to water damage. 

The siding is another area to prevent damage. You should regularly inspect your siding for existing moisture damage. If you see signs of disrepair, like cracks, fix them immediately. The longer you let damage go without fixing it, the worse the problem becomes. As far as siding materials go, stay away from wood and stone veneer siding if you live in a wet climate. These two materials are notorious for absorbing moisture and costing homeowners a fortune. 

#3. Seal Your Windows and Doors (and Other Small Fixes) 

While this one might seem obvious, one of the biggest areas for water damage comes from leaky windows and doors. Improperly fitting windows and doors can wreak havoc on a home, causing interior mildew buildup and damage. Be sure to inspect the sealing around your windows and doors and caulk up any gaps and openings. If anything is ill-fitting, be sure to get a properly fitted frame installed as soon as possible. 

Like sealing your windows and doors, there are tons of other simple fixes to protect your home from water damage. Make sure you clean your gutters regularly, keep an eye on your pipes, and regularly check all your appliances for leaks. Sometimes the most straightforward preventative measures can make all the difference. 

#4. Capitalize on Your Yard’s Design

Aside from features on the home, your yard’s design is a prime area to prevent and protect your home from water damage. Consider installing a drainage system or looking into permeable paving systems. Consider a yard with a sloping design or create a rain garden. 

All of these ideas are simple ways to help your yard thwart and absorb standing puddles. Standing water and heavy flooding can cause significant siding and foundation damage. If you employ some water absorption features into your lawn, you can help dissuade stormwater from pooling. 

Start Protecting Your Home from Water Damage Today

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money working on your home. You work to make your house feel like a home. You spend time picking out your wall, roof and house colors. You choose the perfect flooring design and welcome mat. You think way too long about how you want to theme your living room. However, too often, homeowners think too little about water damage prevention. 

Take measures to protect your home from water and moisture damage. Simple prevention now will save you plenty of hassle and headache in the future. 

About the Author

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value. 

 

Date : 4/6/2020

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