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May 05, 2017 by Snupit
Waterproofing

Here are the 4 Waterproofing Repairs You Need To Know:


1.    Rainwater

Detection:
To identify this kind of damage there are signs of rainwater pouring over the gutters and along your foundation.  It can cause deterioration on wall paints, siding and foundation. The worst case scenario is that it finds its way to your interior space and damaging it internally.

Prevention:
You can inspect the entire gutter of your home keep a look out of any clogs or corrosion; you can clear the clogs yourself, but it will be a different story if your gutter is corroded. You’ll need to consult professionals because it needs to be replaced. You should also check that the soil around your home’s foundation slopes away to the house at least an inch per foot for 6 feet or longer.  If you find any irregularities you should regrade the soil if the slope is insufficient.

2.    Leaking Roof

Detection:
Roofs are not forever and there are certain lifespan, you will know if it needs replacement when there are cracks, curled or missing some shingles.  If your home does not have a   proper barrier for rains, water can penetrate to your dry walls and insulation, leading to rot and interior water damage.

Prevention:
You can do some minor repairs such as changing of shingles or patching some cracks and holes. But if your roof is more than a decade or two, then it’s probably the time for a roof replacement.

3.    Downspouts

Detection:
Downspouts are also an important part of your rainwater drainage system; they work with your gutters in dispersing rainwater to the ground from your roof. Placing your downspout in an unsuitable location, will pooled water next to your home, later on it will seep into the ground looking for cracks in your foundation causing it to be unstable.

Prevention:
You can install a downspout extension to relocate the water away from your home. By simply adding some distance between your home and the water from the downspout makes a huge difference. It lessens the chance of the water seeping through your foundation when it’s farther from your home.

4.    Foundation Cracks

Detection:
You can identify it by visually looking at your foundations, if there are cracks that are wider than 3/16 inch, and there are signs of bulging or buckling. It makes your foundation unstable and compromises the structural integrity of your home.

Prevention:
If you see any cracks it is advisable to fill the cracks with an epoxy injection system. But keep in mind if the cracks seem to be getting bigger and bigger, then you’ll want to consider a structural engineer to assess your home.

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