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Keep Your Home Dry When It’s Wet Outside

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Use These Tips to Weatherproof Your Home

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People of the Midwest understand the unpredictability of weather as good as anyone. One day, it’s 20 degrees and snowing, and the next, it’s sunny and 75. With these fluctuations, it’s vital to understand the risks associated the homeownership and the weather. From a simple rain storm to a whirling tornado, it’s important to take the proper steps when it comes time to weatherproof your home. Uses these weatherproofing tips to get started and call a local professional for the repairs that keep your family dry and safe.

Roofing

After years of exposure to moisture, the sun, insects, and other destructive elements, your roof may start to show signs of weakness. Moreover, if you’re experiencing leaks and can spot water stains on walls and ceilings, it’s time for repairs. Contact a local roofer—most offer free estimates—and make sure you find all the leaks for efficient, lasting repairs!

Basement Waterproofing

Does your basement flood—or, almost flood—every time it rains? Make sure you’re doing all you can to keep the water out. There may be multiple problems causing your flooding issues, and luckily there are multiple solutions. First, you may be able to stop the leaking issues with waterproofing paint or crack injections. However, those are typically for less severe flooding problems. Furthermore, make sure you call a local pro for interior and exterior excavation and sump pump installation.

Rain Gutters

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Another way to keep the water out of your place is through the use of an effective drainage system; this features professionally-installed gutters and downspouts. Available in many sizes, materials, and styles, gutters and downspouts carry water away from your property and distribute the water evenly around the property to prevent flooding, roofing leaks, and more!

Doors & Windows

An easy and effective way to weatherproof your home is to ensure that windows and doors are sealed well to prevent drafts and small leaks. HOwever, depending on the degree of air or water leakage, you may be able to stop the problems with caulk, weatherstripping, foam tape, and other DIY products. However, ratty doors and windows may need to be completely replaced.

Extreme Weather

While these tips may help with wind and rain, extreme weather events are different story. To weatherproof for these scenarios; make sure you have enough food, water, supplies, and first-aid equipment to get you through a long power outage. Furthermore, FEMA recommends a safe room on the interior of your home that is anchored into the floor and strong enough to withstand an EF-5 tornado.

 


Make your Home Weather Resistant

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Keep the Elements out with these Home Weatherproofing Tipshome weatherproofing collinsville il

Spring time brings us one of the prettiest seasons of the year. However, home weatherproofing becomes paramount during this season due to the unpredictability of Midwestern weather. Whether it be snow, wind, extreme cold, or something else; the weather fluctuations have the ability to wreak havoc on your home; especially if it’s not weatherproofed correctly. While it may be hard to protect against some things, here are some easy steps you can take to make your home more resistant to the elements this year!

Temperature Resistance

You’ll want your home to be able to handle a hot or cold day. By sealing up spaces around doors, windows, and electrical outlets, you cut down on the amount of comfortable air you’re letting escape your home. Use weather stripping and draft guards on doors and windows to ensure that your comfortable air isn’t being replaced with the less-than-desirable conditions outside. Also, be sure to add insulation where you’re lacking in the basement or attic.

Wind

There isn’t much you can do to become more resistant to wind. The big problem here is with tornadoes and other strong winds produced by sever spring storms. By creating a continuous load, you can stream line your home and make it more resistant to high winds. However, this may not be enough to stop a tornado from ruining your day. It’s also a good idea to think about a safe room to ensure safety during even the nastiest of squalls!

Rain

We think of rain as harmless when we have a roof to hide under. But, if your roof isn’t doing its job, you might end up getting all wet this spring. Be sure to look for holes and weak spots in your roof, and call a professional for repairs. Furthermore, adjust your gutters to ensure water doesn’t collect on your roof or around your foundation to avoid structural damage and costly repairs.

Insects/Pests

While this isn’t necessarily weather that needs to be kept out, insects and pests may find a way into your home as a result of harsh conditions outside. Easy-to-use prevention products are available at your nearest hardware or garden store and can stop roaches, mice, and other pests from breaching your borders. However, these products won’t do much for an all-out infestation; call a professional if your problem is out of control!



 

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