The winter is a good time to sit on the couch, to get warm and snug under your blankets as you watch the snowfall – it’s not a great time to have to worry about getting water out of your basement.
One thing people typically don’t think about when winter comes around, if they have a basement in their home, is the need to waterproof against flooding and drainage problems. Winter months bring with them a lot of rain and snowfall, which, if your home is not properly protected, can damage your property and end up costing you a fortune.
Below are a few ways you can waterproof your home this winter. And if you get stuck remember you can always call expert plumbing services in your area to help out.
Waterproofing the Interior
The first way to waterproof your home this winter is by starting off in the interior. It may seem counterintuitive, but there are certainly ways to fight water from the inside; typically you use these methods after you identify that there is an existing problem, so you can fix them after the fact.
Interior waterproofing methods include using sealant coatings, and other methods that even prevent condensation completely. Sealants and coatings can be found at any local home improvement store, or you can get the exact type of product you need with an easy call to a plumber.
A more obvious way of waterproofing your house is by working on the exterior. The ultimate goal of waterproofing the outside of your house is to block any water from ever getting into your home at all. Exterior methods could include coating the walls with a waterproof barrier, installing weeping tiles, as well as making sure all drainage systems are working properly. It’s vital to call a plumber to help check your drainage systems so you know it’s done the right way.
Drainage problems are the most common reason that homes flood or get moisture damage. Bad or clogged drains can cause flooding in your basement, septic issues, backed up toilets and showers, as well as a myriad of other damaging issues that can cost a lot of money.
The best method to take to waterproof your drainage system is to repair any part of the system that is functioning poorly and add a working system in a place that is lacking one. Unless you know plumbing systems well, this method can be tricky and costly (doubly so if you mess up the first time) so calling a plumber out to help can save you time, money, and a headache.
The best way to completely waterproof your home this winter season is to utilize all three methods of waterproofing. Have a professional come out and help you identify any problems, and get ahead of them before your home – or worse yet, the keepsakes therein – gets damaged. Take care of your home now so that you can relax and enjoy the winter weather!