Water damage can become quite a costly repair if left untreated, simple preventative measures to ensure that water drains away from the house can save home owners hundreds of dollars.
Eavestrough Cleaning: After the snow melts leaves and debris will flow into the downspout and clog it, thus preventing any water from properly draining away from your house which can lead to fascia and soffit damage, in addition to broken downspouts. Proper and thorough cleaning and inspecting can prevent these issues before they become a significantly expensive water damage repair.
Downpipe Extensions and Splash Pads: Two very importantpreventative measures to further ensure that water is flowing away from a house and draining against the foundation. Downpipe extensions can allow water to drain several feet away from a house, while splash pads can direct the flow from the downspout in the direction of proper drainage.
Sump Pump and Weeping Tile: For proper water drainage around the foundation below ground, sump pumps require seasonal inspection to ensure that they are effectively draining water from the house. If the weeping tile appears to be compromised, and no longer capable of draining water, it is imperative that it is repaired or replaced before water extensively damages both the foundation and structural integrity of the house.
High energy bills are primarily a result of several leaks within the house where hot or cold air is being released. Prevention of these leaks are paramount in keeping yearly energy costs to a minimum.
Sealing around Openings: Caulking around all windows, doors, electrical running from the outside to the inside, attic hatches, in addition to maintaining that weather stripping around all doors is airtight.
Increase Insulation: Old or compromised attic insulation doesn't keep either the cool air contained within the house, and therefore allows it to escape via the roof. This constant loss of air is the primary source of energy bills.
Installing New Windows and Doors: Even after recaulking, if a window or door has become compromised (cracked glass, broken seals) and can no longer insulate the rooms temperature, new windows and doors should be installed.
Weathering will naturally wear down the grit and structural effectiveness of a shingle, which can lead to water damages and leaks in a house. A repair should immediately begin upon detection of a roof leak to prevent further damages.
Roof Repairs: Any cracked or damaged shingles should immediately be repaired or replaced to prevent damages to the roof system.
Reshingle Roof: Reshingling the roof accesses the entire roof to prevent any further complications, and depending on the damages can result in the removable of rotten plywood, essentially giving the homeowner a completely new roof.