Weatherproofing Your Property: How to Protect Your House From Heavy Rainfall and Storms
Heavy rainfall and storms can cause a lot of damage to your house. The rainwater itself is damaging to your roof, walls, as well as the interior of your house. During stormy conditions, the situation will only be worse. Hence, it is crucial that you consider weatherproofing your home by all means necessary.
When talking about weatherproofing something, it usually covers all types of weather conditions like rain, heat, and snow. However, for this article, we will only look at the ways to protect the house from heavy rainfall and storms.
Start from the Roof
The roof is the first line of defense against harsh weather conditions. Be it rain or snow, your roof is what will keep you dry and protect you from the wrath of Mother Nature. Hence, when you are planning to weatherproof your house, it is only logical that you start from the top, i.e. the roof.
For weatherproofing a roof, you mostly have to make it waterproof. Start by removing all sorts of dead leaves and branches, and any other solid waste material on your roof. Trip the trees near to your roof so that these leaves and branches do not accumulate again. Then, look for missing or damaged shingles and replace them. In the case of a plain roof, look for deep cracks and patch them up with cement or fillers.
Once all that is done, add an insulation layer to your attic and then seal the seams with seam tape. For added protection, you can add a water repellent layer as well.
Then the Walls
Much like the roof, the walls surrounding your house are also important when it comes to keeping heavy rainfall and storms at bay. While keeping you warm and safe, however, your walls have to sacrifice a lot, especially the exterior ones. So you will have to weatherproof them as well.
Coating the exterior walls with the proper paints should serve the purpose here. You will have to use waterproof paint so that the rainwater can simply slide off of the surface of the outer wall. You also need to pick an appropriate time for painting the walls.
This blog by Promain, which is a leading industrial paint supply company, will give you a good idea as to when and how you should be painting your house. Match the conditions in your location with the ones mentioned in the blog, and work out the ideal time for painting the house.
Clean Out the Drains and Gutters
There are many reasons why you should clean your drains and gutters. Firstly, unless you clean them, the gutters will overflow. That in turn will lead to damages on the inside as well as the outside of your house. Secondly, clogged rooftop gutters trap the water leaving no room for it to escape. Hence, the water continues to flood the roof and make it damp. Thirdly, overflowing gutters means that they will be home to different types of insects, including mosquitos. Finally, overflowing gutters can lead to a cracked foundation during the winter when the water freezes over.
While cleaning a gutter or drain, make sure to get rid of all the dry or solid waste first before you start poking the holes with a stick. Do not jam up the pipes, because that will only make things worse. To prevent solid wastes from getting inside the gutter pipes, you can attach a net or mesh on top of the pipes. That is a very effective way of keeping these dry leaves or branches away from the gutter pipes.
Take Care of the Doors and Windows
With cracked or broken doors and windows, you cannot keep the storm or rainfall at bay. Instead, it will be as if you were inviting them in with open arms.
You can either fix or replace your doors and windows. For slight cracks on the body or frame, a regular repair job followed by a nice varnish (for wooden doors and windows) should be more than enough. However, you will need to replace them if they are beyond repair. For instance, in cases where there are large gaps or holes on the doors or window panels, you will have no option but to replace them entirely.
That is all you need to know about weatherproofing (waterproofing) your house against storms and heavy rainfalls. Ensuring these will keep your house protected from such adverse weather conditions.