Common Ways That Rain Can Damage Your Home
All living things on Earth need rain, but the fact that water pours from the sky on a frequent (or infrequent, depending upon where you live) basis causes unwanted problems. It not only ruins holidays, picnics and outdoor events, it also has the potential to damage your home.
Here are a few of the areas of your home that rain has the potential to cause damage to.
Foundation and Basement
Over time, rainwater builds up in the soil. This water may end up placing pressure against your foundation and basement walls, particularly if the ground adjacent to your building is not properly graded.
Eventually, the water will force your basement walls and foundations to crack. Once a crack develops, more water will exert pressure leading to weaker walls and crumbling foundations. These weaknesses can put the very future of your home at risk, and could leave you facing horrendously expensive bills when the time comes to make things right.
When you think about it, your roof is the first area of your home that rain encounters, and one of the main reasons your home has a roof in the first place is to divert water away from your structure.
Therefore, your roof always needs to be maintained in a decent state of repair. Roofs showing signs of wear and tear will have gaps where leaking becomes a problem. Water in your roof space also encourages the growth of mold and mildew and will saturate and ruin your insulation.
Too much rain can overload your sewage system, which is of course designed to remove unwanted substances from your home. This can cause blockages, overflowing and even backflows, which will deposit what you are trying to get rid of right back where it was disposed of in the first place.
Not only is dealing with sewage incredibly unpleasant, it is also a health hazard. Sewage contains bacteria, pathogens and maybe even viruses. A home with a poorly functioning sewage system is severely detrimental to the people living there.
One of the best ways you can protect your home against the destructive intentions of rain is by investing in having your basement waterproofed. To learn more about basement waterproofing, or to learn about any of the other services that we can provide you with, please contact us at (586) 949-7826 or (586) 776-720, or use our online contact form.