3 Best Techniques to Waterproof Homes

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Global warming has changed the weather as we know it. Summer months are suddenly dotted with rain, while the wet season brings in so much water. For homeowners, water damage can be a serious nightmare. Fortunately, spending a few extra hours on your upkeep can help prepare your home for the rainy months. In Sydney, for instance, homeowners use tried and tested waterproofing concrete supplies for this job.

Using inferior products and cleaning tools can negate all your efforts in making your home waterproof. Here are some methods you should follow instead:

Repair Rain Gutters First

Cleaning and repairing rain gutters is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. To make sure that the water is flowing straight to the gutters, you need to pull out leaves and branches that may have gotten stuck in the downspouts. In some cases, homeowners use barbecue tongs. Others use a water hose to flush the leaves out. After a thorough cleaning, check the gutter nails and replace them with lag screws for a firm hold.

Repair Cracks in Concrete

Cracked concrete can turn into puddles and repositories for stagnant water after it rains. What’s worse is that water softens the soil and results to even larger cracks over time. This situation can be fixed by applying concrete caulk before the cracks become soaked in water. Clean the cracks first and when it’s dry, apply the concrete caulks carefully into the cracked areas. If the cracks are large and deep, use a concrete patch instead of caulk. It adheres better and is resistant to large amounts of water — even after it freezes.

Waterproof Windows and Doors

Seal windows and doors with a good coat of paint to keep them from sticking. Make sure to cover the top and bottom and coat the channels where doors and windows need to slide with a light coat of linseed oil. Water causes these doors and windows to swell, especially if they’re made of wood. When this happens, you will need to take them down and remove excess material. Sealing them beforehand can prevent water damage and swelling from happening.

These small chores may seem labour intensive or time-consuming, but they help homeowners save money and more work in the long run. Waterproofing efforts should be done periodically and you should make more effort if your area receives a healthy dose of rain every so often.