Preventing water leakage: building exterior
Water can also come from outside sources. Do you think you're at risk? If so, here are some steps to consider:
- Hire a professional roofing contractor to promptly repair deteriorated or damaged roofing materials.
- Gutters, eaves and downspouts should be free of debris. This will allow water to drain freely. Downspouts should extend away from the building to carry water away from the foundation.
- Adding insulation and ventilation in the attic can extend the life of the roof and reduce the chance of ice dams that can cause water to back up under roofing. The insulation should be in good shape and attic vents clear.
- Most insulation materials can last more than 50 years, as long as they are installed and maintained well. Their thickness and material type can impact their effectiveness. Adding or replacing insulation may be needed to gain a higher efficiency, especially in colder climates. Improper installation, moisture, UV rays, and disturbance can all negatively impact the effectiveness of insulation.
- If your building has outdoor hose connections, remove hoses from hose bibs in the fall and turn off the water supply to hose bid connections to help minimize the chance of burst pipes due to freezing.
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