How to Prevent Water Intrusion & Leaks

By February 18, 2020February 20th, 2020Water Intrusion
Florida Home Preventing Water Leaks

Owning a home can be a daunting task when you are unfamiliar with how to maintain your home properly. Perhaps, you have had water intrusion/leaks, or roof leaks already! Today, we are answering the question: what can you do to prevent water leaks and water intrusion?

Here are 6 ways you can prevent water intrusion and rainwater leaks:

Clean your Gutters or Install Gutters

It may sound so simple, but having clean and properly flowing gutters helps direct water off of your roof and away from your home. The perfect analogy for comparison is thinking about when you are at the beach and the ocean waves hit your feet causing your feet to sink into the sand a little. The same thing happens to a house! Having clean gutters that properly divert water away from your home helps keep your home from moving and keeps water away from your building envelope.

Paint Your House

Having a freshly and professionally painted house does so much in preventing water intrusion. You can read about why paint is so important here. To give you an analogy, if you have a stucco sided home, (which most homes in Florida are), you may have seen the tiny “stair stepping” cracks that begin to develop. If you take just one of those cracks, divide them into 1-inch cracks, and then stack them on top of each other, you will end up with about a 1 x 1 inch hole in your paint! The fact is, tiny cracks add up to big spaces in your paint.

By the way, if you do decide to paint, use an elastomeric paint. 😉

Stay Away From Mulch

Mulch looks fantastic, there is no doubt about that. However, mulch holds water and bugs, and therefore, having mulch close to your home keeps water and bugs against your home! The alternate to this is to use rock instead, or if you like the look of mulch, push it away from your home 4 to 6 inches.

Have Proper Grading

Going back to the analogy notated above about the ocean hitting your feet, ensuring the soil is sloped away from your home helps keep your home from moving and helps prevent water leaks. If you are noticing ponding near your home during a heavy rain, simply dig some soil up from high elevation points (that are away from your home), and relocate it in the ponding areas. Overall, this will keep the water moving towards the drains.

If this is a bigger issue in your home, look into sump pumps and French drains.

Roof Maintenance

If your roof is 5 years or older, it is a good idea to do some maintenance. You can hire a roofer or handyman to do this for you. In some instances, it might be wiser to hire an inspection company (cough, us) to inspect your roof to find recommendations.

Roofing maintenance needs vary by roofing material, age, and design so be cautious about doing it yourself or hiring someone you may not trust.

Seal Around Windows

Did you know cracks often develop around window openings? Paint those cracks! Did you also know, there are holes in windows that if sealed, can lead to water leaking around windows?! This is called a weep hole.

Basically weep holes are responsible for draining water that enters a window track. If the weep holes are clogged, water cannot escape!

Water is the #1 cause of damage in homes in the United States. As a homeowner, you should proactively check your home for possible water intrusion issues to prevent future costs.

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Aaron Shishilla

Author Aaron Shishilla

Aaron Shishilla is the youngest registered professional inspector in Florida. Coming from a family-owned home inspection company and now the marketing manager at Waypoint.

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