Protect Your Home from the Coming Rain
If I could give just one piece of advice to any homeowner or landlord to protect your home from the coming rain it would be to get your roof and windows checked and have any problems fixed while it’s still pretty dry out.
Living just outside Nashville I know the wet weather is coming. And when it gets here it’s pretty much unstoppable. For anybody who lives in this part of world you know it does not rain here – it pours. The water comes down in sheets and sometimes does not let up for days on end.
It’s not so bad as long as you have a nice dry place to wait out the storm, but if you have even the smallest leak in your roof you can bet you’ll have water spots and likely damage to your walls and ceilings in no time.
Do yourself a favor and protect your home from the coming rain. Make sure you don’t have a big problem waiting to happen. It can be as simple as looking in the attic at the plywood roofing to see if you notice any water marks. If you have an exposed plywood floor you should check there as well. You can also call a roofing contractor – or wherever you call home and ask them if they do inspections and evaluations.
Of course, although most people don’t realize it, windows can be a big water entry area as well. I don’t just mean accidentally leaving them open but the casements around windows often leak in homes that have settled. I’ve seen some where the top and bottom were out of alignments by as much as a quarter inch (once the trim was removed) but you’d never know it by looking at the window from inside or outside the house.
You can usually find leaks by looking beneath the window sills and seeing if there is any discoloration to the paint on the wall. If you see tear streaks at the corners or cloudiness under the window
it it’s time to have a professional look at it before permanent damage is done to the walls.
If you can find a window and roofing contractor you’d be even better off to protect your home from the coming rain. If you are handy enough to fix these things yourself, that’s great. Sometimes you can even find aerosol foam you can spray in to the wall through a small hole. And for roofs you can usually find a type of paint-on coating. But I would not rely on these as permanent fixes. Hiding the water is not the same as eliminating it