Turning The Tide On Water In The Home
As vital as it is, a huge amount of problems in the home are down to the pervasiveness of water. In particular, the biggest concern is when it gets where it’s not supposed to. Water damage can be sudden and hugely expensive, or it can be subversive and escape our notice until it’s too late. A homeowner has to be aware of the danger it poses from all sides, and do their best to prevent and repair the damage it does.
The roof is one of the least accounted-for aspects of the home’s protections. It’s easy to forget about it. A roof needs to be replaced every 20-50 years depending on the materials. To keep your home easier to maintain, however, it’s best to check the roof at a glance before fall and the rain starts to pour. A professional should be called out to check it every three years if it’s a shingle roof, and every five years if it’s a tile roof. A single missing or cracked tile can let the rain right in. Before long, that can lead to damp, sagging or breaking ceilings, and wood and insulation rot in the loft.
When water gets into the bottom of the home, however, that can be the source of some of the most dangerous concerns. If there’s a lot of groundwater around the home, you need to look at improving your drainage system and waterproofing a foundation. Just as you need to make sure you investigate the source of any leaks heading downwards. Water can damage both the foundation by slipping into and exacerbating the cracks, or it can soak the soil beneath and around them, meaning the foundation is built on less stable ground which can cause a home to settle, crack, and degrade.
From the pipes
The most immediate water damage often comes from the plumbing, however. Every homeowner should be somewhat adept at spotting the sources of those leaks. Sometimes, it’s down to water temperature and pressure issues. Sometimes, it down to poor maintenance of radiators and water heaters, leading to scale buildup. Similarly, you should look into how well your pipes handle the winter and invest in foam insulation to decrease the risk of a frozen and burst pipe.
From the air
Humidity in the air brings its own risks with it, as well. For one, it serves as fuel to the mold and damp that can cause damage to wall materials, ceilings, fabrics, and even your own health. Dehumidifiers can work. However, it’s better to make sure that your home works to improve its own air quality. Maintain your AC and ventilation shafts and ensure you’re replacing your filters every year at the very least.
Of all home issues, water, moisture, damp, and mold can do the most damage in the long-term. However, it’s also one of the most preventable issues. Keep the tips above in mind and make sure you’re investing in the right protections and recognizing the warning signs.