If you’ve got a well-maintained, sturdy roof, you probably don’t think too much about rainwater damaging your house. After all, your roof was designed to protect your home from water damage, right? Well, yes and no. While your roof plays an important part in keeping water out of your house, there are many other factors at play. If you’re not keeping up with those other elements, you could end up with water damage that causes structural problems including mold, wood rot, and even foundation cracks. What do you need to watch, to prevent these kinds of problems?
- Maintain the exterior of your house. Take a walk around your house and look for problems like cracked or broken siding, broken bricks or stone, or visible building paper. Look for any openings for wiring, plumbing phone, cable or heating and air conditioning lines that haven’t been properly sealed with foam or caulk. Check for signs of termite infestation, which can happen even if you have plaster or metal siding. Maintain your home’s paint, because, in addition to aesthetic appeal, paint protects against the elements.
- Seal the windows and doors. If your doors and windows aren’t properly sealed, they leave your home vulnerable to water damage. Close your doors and check to make sure they fit snugly into the frames. Do the same thing with your windows, looking for cracks between the sash and frame and lubricating the operating mechanisms. Repair or replace damaged window flashing or weather-stripping, and reseal any caulk that’s not pliable and continuous. Check around your windows for any signs of moisture accumulation. Give window and door frames a fresh coat of paint, to help keep out moisture.
- Mind the trees. Tree limbs can sometimes cling to shingles and trap moisture, so trim or remove any trees that seem to be in danger of this. If you regularly trim your trees, you can also prevent water damage by keeping branches from brushing up against siding, gutters, and windows. Don’t forget the roots: make sure no tree roots are in danger of invading your plumbing lines or septic field.
- Redirect runoff. If your home is on low ground, make sure any water runoff from your yard is channeled away from the house, to prevent water from collecting near the foundation. One simple solution is a French drain, which is just a trench filled with gravel, with or without a pipe.
- Maintain the gutters and downspouts. Gutters need to be free of debris to ensure proper flow of rainwater, and that means cleaning them out two to six times each year. Once you’ve cleared out all the gunk, check your downspouts to make sure they direct water at least three to five feet away from the exterior of your home. If your gutters or downspouts aren’t functioning properly, repair them as soon as possible to prevent water from pooling around your home.
One easy way to keep gutters and downspouts well-maintained is to keep debris from ever accumulating in the first place. Fortunately, GutterStuff® makes that easy to manage. Made of a patented polyether foam, specially formulated to allow enormous amounts of water to easily pass through, GutterStuff® keeps out leaves, dirt, insects, plants, and critters. Installing it is easy: just clean your gutters, install the foam inserts, and you’re done! There’s also GutterStuff® - DownSpout, to provide further protection and prevent bacteria growth in the downspout. Once the water makes its way through the downspout, GutterStuff® - DrainTube will carry it away from your home.
If you’re looking for a gutter protection system that’s effective, affordable, and easy to install, it’s time to look into GutterStuff® for your gutters, downspouts, and drainpipes. No matter what style of gutter you have, we have a product that’s right for you. If you have questions and want to learn more, or you’re looking for an authorized retailer in your area, contact us through our website or call 866-766-3442.