A leaky home may not feel like a huge deal but if left unchecked it can lead to structural damage, mold growth, humidity problems and the ruining of paintwork or furniture. Therefore, you need to fully assess your home establishing where any possible leaks may occur and deal with any current leakages.
All areas need to be looked at including; the roof, the chimney, the attic, the gutters, the foundations, the doors and windows and of course the pipes. If you take the time to give your home a little attention now, it’ll not only prevent water damage, but you’ll save money on energy bills in the future.
Check the Roof
Inspect the tiles across your roof and repair or replace any broken or loose ones. Take a close look at the chimney to see if the sheet metal that keeps the section between the chimney and the roof water tight, is cracked or loose. Also make sure you have a cap over your chimney.
Inspect Your Pipes
If you live in a cold area or an area with freezing winters, you need to ensure your pipes are protected against potentially bursting. You can add heat tape or insulation to the pipes and seal any air leaks. You can even run a trickle of hot water through the night to keep pipes warm which will cost far less than a burst pipe. Inspect and replace any rusted pipes or valves, before they cause even more problems.
Clean Out the Gutters
Aim to clean your gutters twice a year as if left to get clogged, debris can prevent water draining from the roof. Remove all dead leaves and branches from the gutters and hose water through the downspout, ensuring there is ample room for water to drain away.
Seal Doors and Windows
Stormy conditions can blow rain into your home and badly fitted windows and doors can sometimes let water in. Apply caulk (a flexible sealant) to the inside and outside of your windows. Check if your doors close tightly and if not you can use weather-stripping which will seal the gaps.
Check Your Foundations
If you find a small crack in your foundations, it can be sealed with caulk specifically for masonry. Hydraulic cement can be used for larger gaps, which is an excellent leak-proofing material. If you live in a particularly rain prone area, you should also make sure the grading around your home slopes away from the foundations. This can be achieved with the addition of topsoil or crushed stone once a year.
Water proofing your home is worth the effort and will save you headaches in the future. Call the plumbing professionals at Bell Plumbing on 07 3354 3300 if you need a hand getting your pipes in tip-top condition.