Where is all this water going?

Safeguard your house from water related hazard

Our climate is changing. Severe weather events are becoming more frequent and intense. In Canada, four provinces are currently dealing with flooding caused by spring runoff, compounded by all the rain we’ve had this spring. In the past, rainstorms rolled through an area, following an established pattern, and didn’t last too long. These days, we can get sudden intense rain storms that stay concentrated over one area, dumping much higher accumulations of rainfall.  Our aging sewer infrastructure can’t handle the amount of water coming into the system in such a short time-span; they back-up and overflow, which in turn causes expensive flooding in our homes.

 

Water is your home’s worst enemy. Let’s protect our homes and prevent damage that potentially can cost thousands of dollars.

 

Weatherproofing can save us thousands of dollars.

 

Did you know that a large percentage of home insurance claims are due to water-related damages? Homeowner’s insurance can help after the fact, but it’s much better for homeowners to be aware of how to prevent water infiltration before it happens. Over the years we’ve helped a lot of homeowners fix or prevent water-related problems, and helped to educate them in the process. You can benefit from our experience and find out how to keep your home safe and dry.

Here are some great tips to save big dollars by preventing damage to your home:

 

The Roof

 

The roof is one of the most important structural elements of your home. It keeps everything beneath it dry. We think of roof damage as being caused by wind and driving rain, but did you know the sun can damage your roof too? The side of your roof that faces the sun will age much more quickly – sometimes wearing out 10 to 14 years faster than the shady side on a 25-Year-Warranty shingled roof. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done about the sun!

 

Driving rain can cause water to leak into the house through gaps in old caulking around roof vents and chimneys. What appears to be a faulty roof that needs to be completely replaced might only need a small roof repair. If you notice an interior leak, get up in the attic to see where it’s coming from. Water can travel along roof trusses for quite a distance before penetrating the ceiling of the room below; what seems to be a leak in one place might actually be coming from somewhere else entirely.

 

When the time comes to replace your roof, use a reputable, professional roofing contractor. This is the ideal time to look at increasing the number of roof vents, because standards for attic ventilation have changed over the years. This is also a good time to think about upgrading the water shield layer beneath the shingles, and replacing the caulking on flashing around roof vents and chimneys.

 

Where does the water go?

 

Think about all the rain that falls on your roof. If your house is 30 feet x 40 feet, as an example, the roof area is at least 1,200 square feet. In a flash storm, all that rainfall is collected and channeled down just 2 or 3 downspouts. That’s a lot of water!

 

Have you cleaned your rain gutters lately? Seasonal maintenance should include clearing leaves and debris that might be clogging your eavestroughs. Consider installing mesh covers that prevent leaves from getting into your gutters in the first place. If you already have gutter guards, are they in good repair? Do your eavestroughs leak at the seams? Are there sections that aren’t properly angled to keep water flowing? A great way to check for issues is to walk around your house when it’s raining. You can’t see overflowing eavestroughs when the sun is out!

 

Where does all the water coursing through your downspouts go? Do your downspouts go into the ground and join up with the weeping tile surrounding your foundation? The City of Toronto’s Downspout Disconnection program aims to stop this. Instead, you should install downspout extensions to make sure any water is directed well away from your foundation – 8 to 10 feet is recommended. At the same time, the ground surrounding your house needs to be properly sloped so that water drains away naturally. There should be at least a 6 inch drop over 10 feet.

 

Weeping tile surrounding your foundation drains into the municipal sewer system. The City of Toronto offered a rebate to home owners to install a Back Flow Prevention Valve to prevent basement flooding. Basement waterproofing is extremely important.

 

These simple steps can save big money. In many cases these simple steps can save expensive water proofing of your foundation.

 

Dehumidifiers

 

Basements are an extension of our living space below grade. If the earth around our house get wet or stays damp our concrete foundation can absorb the water and transfer that moisture to our unfinished or finished basement.

 

It is our recommendation that every basement should have dehumidifier, in the summer especially, to remove excess water in the air. It may even eliminate moldy basements and make your air conditioning more effective. There is no need for this in the winter time as the ground is frozen and air is dry.

 

Prep’n Sell offers great advice to help families enjoy their home and safeguard their biggest asset. Our “One Call” service will take care of your single or multiple home maintenance/repair needs without increasing your stress.

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