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Posted by Kaitlyn Yantzi on Sep 26, 2012 11:13:00 AM


90% of Homes Will Leak at Some Point:  

Help Reduce the Frequency and Severity of Water Entry into Your Home

While April showers bring May flowers, North America sees a lot of rain in August. High humidity and temperatures often cause heavy rainfall, storms, and flash flooding. Many homeowners are blinded by the sunny skies of June and July, and don't realize that this weather can translate to basement dampness and water damage.

Minimizing water leakage and maintaining mitigation strategies are tasks that require focus year round. Homeowners need to take steps to reduce the chances of water entering their basements, even when the weather might indicate otherwise. There are four key areas of the home to consider in order to reduce the frequency and severity of water damage: 

Grading - Ensure all grading is directed away from the perimeter of the house and foundation.

Gutters - Ensure all gutters and downspouts are in good condition to allow rain water from roofs to channel at least six feet away from the house.    

Roof - Ensure all roof surfaces don't allow water penetration into the house (focus on damaged or missing shingles, loose or missing roof flashings).   

Window Wells - Ensure they are in good condition as they are a common source of basement water leakage. 

Statistics suggest that 90% of homes endure some form of water leakage. Actively taking preventative measures, rain or shine, will help keep you high and dry.

As a professional Home Inspection consulting company, our aim is to help homeowners become more informed, safe and secure when it comes to their property. A Home Inspection itself is not a life-long guarantee; it is an investigation of a home during a specific point in time. It is not a shield to protect your home forever, but more like the tools to build one. For more tools, knowledge and advice visit our resource centre.  



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