Rather than just a little bit of an inconvenience within the home, water damage can cause more serious problems. With water damage developing into mould, mildew, damp and rot, these can cost a lot of money to repair and, if neglected, can also cause health problems and unnecessary stress and worry. As one of the most common and most costly defects within a home, there are so many simple things you can do to help protect your home from water damage – here’s how.
Ensuring that your home has a good drainage system is essential, especially if you’re looking to protect your home from water damage. If your gutters overflow and your drainage system isn’t working efficiently, you run the risk of water weakening your foundation which will then lead to cracking and moisture finding its way underneath and inside your home. Get on a ladder and spend an afternoon clearing out your gutter systems to stop any overflows – it will improve the appearance of your home too!
If you’re finding pools of water or experiencing bad condensation within your property, consider double or triple glazing. Condensation can be a serious problem, particularly in older homes, as it causes mould and mildew. In some more serious cases, it will also rot timber window frames. All these things can begin to damage both yours and your family’s health. Double and triple glazing works to reduce excess moisture on your window panes, whilst also saving money on your energy bills.
Sealing your windows regularly is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water damage. Try to apply sealants to bathtubs, drains, faucets and other plumbing fixtures to keep water from seeping in where it doesn’t belong, thus helping to stop any lasting damage.
Aim to inspect all the pipes in your home at least once a year as, over time, pipes gradually corrode, rust, and decay. All these defects can result in gradual leaks. If this is left to develop and neglected you could experience more extensive and expensive damage to your home in the form of flooding or raw sewage.
Your property can suffer from the elements over time, and rainwater can really cause water damage, seeping through any cracks and vulnerable spots through the roof or walls. With a quality roof or wall coating, you can help protect your home from water damage caused by the elements, as well as add a layer of insulation too.
At Kingdom Coatings, we supply energy efficient roof and wall coatings to homes across Scotland. For more information, contact us on 0800 228 9436 or request a free quote today.