Preventing water damage inside your home is a common topic among homeowners, but the possibility of water damage to the exterior of your home is often overlooked. Preventing water damage to the exterior of your home requires regular maintenance and attention to detail, but it’s easier than you’d think! Check out these simple tips to prevent and detect water damage to your home’s exterior.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Your gutters are responsible for routing water away from your home all year round. Unfortunately, gutters are prone to blockages. A clogged gutter system won’t work properly and can lead to puddles around the foundation of your home. Water sitting around your foundation makes it prone to cracks and leaks that could cause interior water damage too. Gutters are most commonly clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris. Cleaning your gutters twice a year reduces the risk of puddling around the foundation and ice dams forming in the gutter system during the winter.
Look for Leaks
Inspect the foundation of your home multiple times per year to look for cracks, leaks, and other damages. Any damage to the foundation of your home need to be repaired ASAP to avoid further water damage both inside and outside.
Don’t Leave Your Hose Connected
Towards the end of fall as temperatures start to drop, disconnect your hose and turn off the water at the faucet. Leaving your hose connected will lead to frozen water in the hose and faucet during the winter. The ice that forms can cause damages ranging from burst pipes to poor water pressure at the faucet. Your hose can be reconnected each spring, once it’s too warm for ice to form.
Maintain Your Landscaping
Maintaining your landscaping goes further than just planting pretty shrubs and flowers in the spring. You’ll need to trim back any shrubs and trees that could cause excess debris in your gutter system. You should also get familiar with wear your water pipes run outdoors and avoid planting things too close. Planting things close to water lines leads to roots growing around them and sometimes even through them. A broken water line isn’t worth a pretty tree, so if they’re too close, you may need to have a professional remove the tree and place it somewhere safer.
If you need an extra hand identifying potential causes of water damage to the exterior of your home, we can help! ESI Water-Proofing & Masonry Restoration Inc. provides high-quality waterproofing services in your area and is experienced with a variety of water induced issues. Give us a call today to learn more about the services we offer or to schedule a consultation with one of our waterproofing experts!