There are a lot of things that can make your home susceptible to water damage. For example, if you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall, you should know that water can easily seep into the cracks of your home. This can cause a lot of damage.
How do you know if your home is at risk?
You can call a professional to have a look at your home. However, you can also know if your home is at risk of water damage by checking the following:
If you have cracks in the mortar.
If you have an unplastered or un-painted wall.
If your home has a large attic.
If you have no gutter system.
If your home has a lot of trees or hedges.
If you have a very old home.
Although the risk of water damage is greater in areas that are known for heavy rainfall, you should also be aware of the risk in your home.
You can do the following to help reduce the risk of water damage:
If you have a leaky roof, you need to get it repaired as soon as possible.
Install a rainwater diverter system so that all run-off water is drained away from your home.
Install storm windows and storm doors to prevent water from getting into your home.
Install gutter systems to drain away any excess water.
If you have a gutter system but the leaves and debris get stuck in it, you can install a leaf guard to prevent this.
Make sure that your gutters are cleaned on a regular basis so that they don’t get clogged with debris.
Cover your walls and attic with waterproofing films to prevent water damage.
Waterproofing your home can fight against any water damage to your stucco system.