When it comes to protecting your home from water damage, there are two primary concerns – rain intrusion and flooding. Here in Northern Wisconsin we certainly get the rain, and our natural, wonderful lakes and waterways can sometimes flood.
The Right Roof Eliminates Water Damage
Keeping water out during rain depends heavily on a secure and well-maintained roof system. That maintenance, on longer-term roofs, can require occasional replacement of sealants on the roof or replacement of exposed fasteners if present. Whereas short-term roofs that last 15 years can have sealants that will last the same length of time, exposed sealants will not last the life of more permanent roof systems. Concealed sealants of quality chemistry, on the other hand, can easily last 75+ years. A full attic inspection can identify weak spots in your roofing system, and help you come up with a plan for excellent ventilation the elimination of the threat of water damage.
Preventing water damage also requires maintaining sealants around windows and doors. These sealants typically need to be replaced at least every 15 years. Failed sealants can allow water to get into the walls of your home where it will cause rot and mold to develop unseen.
We begin every home visit with an attic inspection, and our products offer a maintenance-free roofing metal roofing system that lasts a lifetime.
Protecting Your Home from Floodwaters
If you are concerned about floodwaters, here are a few things to consider:
- Seal foundation cracks and around basement windows and doors with a high-quality sealant or hydraulic cement; do not rely on traditional mortar for long-term sealant. Make sure that your home’s landscaping does not reach the top of the foundation.
- If you live in an area that is at risk for flooding, consider moving any electrical or HVAC components located in the basement or crawlspace up into the living space or attic. Those can be costly components to replace if damaged by water.
- Make sure that any fuel tanks in your basement are fully secured. If they start to float, they are likely to rupture.
- Install check valves on sewage and septic lines to prevent back-flow.
- If you have a sump pump, install a battery back-up. Often power is lost during floods. Consider additional trenching or French drains to direct water to the pump.
- Ensure that gutters and downspouts are flowing properly and carrying water away from your home.
For additional flood prevention ideas, read 20 Ways To Protect Your Home From Water and Flood Damage.