Water – that essential element for all living beings. A force of nature that is known as much for its essential role in sustaining life, as it is for its potential for destruction. And your own home is as susceptible to damage from this element as anything else. Floors, roof, walls, electric fittings, and even the foundation of your home: unchecked water and dampness can cause severe harm to basically every part of your building’s structure. Water and dampness can enter your home through the smallest cracks and crevices and set the stage for irreparable damage.
Damage to the exteriors
With the exteriors being exposed to too much water, materials can deteriorate. Water damage to the walls can make them lose their ability to resist temperature change. Exterior walls without proper water-proofing protection are susceptible to seepage of rain from the external walls to the interiors. Mold can eventually grow on insulation, wood products and drywall and destroy the strength of these building components. This It can eventually weaken the building materials. Any evidence of mold in your home’s living areas is an indication that it has already affected structural components of your house.
Damage to the Foundation
Your foundation is the very core that holds your home together. Water damage can weaken this very core, eventually causing serious structural damterterage. Due to the capillary movement of water, the water rises from the soil to the building. As it passes through the foundation, it rises higher and reaches the walls.
Damaged Roofing Systems
Your roof comprises of coverings, metal work and sealants that work together to keep water out. Leaks in your roofing, if left unattended, can lead to leakages and mold growth, eventually manifesting as damages to the surfaces inside the building. Prolonged roof damage can allow water to pool in your building, causing serious structural damage.
Without proper waterproofing measures, dampness can build up within the walls, which will lead to mold and mildew buildup, and bubbling and peeling of paint, as it gives in to sustained dampness problems.
Water and Dampness Management
As severe as it sounds, you can protect your home structure from any damage from water and dampness by following some crucial measures.
Protection for the exteriors:
- Ensure that gutters are clear and drain away from the foundation. Routinely clean your gutters to avoid water clogging.
- Avoid planting vegetation next to your home’s foundation.
- Seal cracks in the foundation and exterior walls.
- Ensure proper waterproofing for your roof and water tanks.
- Make sure that your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.
- Do an annual inspection of your roof.
- Use water-proof paint for your exterior walls.
Protection for the interiors:
- Use a dehumidifier during the rains, and whenever there is high humidity.
- Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to remove excess moisture.
- Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, and of course, signs of drips.
- Protect your interior walls with waterproof coating to protect against damp walls and paint damage.