Water destroys homes. Water leaks into the wood structure and insulation and creates the moist conditions conducive of rot and mold. Mold spores create unhealthy homes. People get sick or sicker. Water leaks create unnecessary expense. The sooner we discover an issue with leaking, the less damage experienced to the structure. The sooner we start a path towards solutions, the less collateral damage to personal property and people.
We covered the mechanics of how water leaks into your home, now we will discuss the path towards identifying potential problems, determining the extent of problems and finding solutions.
This page is intended to help you answer these questions..
- What can we do to prevent water leaking into the house?
- What can we do to nip a leak in the bud?
The most basic answer is to discover problems before they can progress to leaks and find leaks before they progress to major damage.
This webpage is an outline where you can do a virtual as well as a visual inspection of your home to identify potential leaking problems that need further attention. We are going to do this in a particular strategic order so that we can build on what we learn as we go.Water leaks as discussed here is distinct from humidity and condensation which can cause mold problems inside the house.
- Is It Time to Take a Walk around the House? – separate doc
- What Might You Find Leaking after the Rain Stops? – separate doc
- Possible Roof Defects to Check out Right in the Rain – separate doc
- Lets Explore inside the House and Look for Water Leaks – separate doc
- Maybe we should look in the attic too after a rain – separate doc
We have walked about the house with a cup of coffee for orientation.
We have walked around the house in the rain and after a rain.
We have looked into the attic and chimney chase and we have looked around the house for problems and we are at the end of the process.
Now, a visual inspection is not definitive- if you have had years of experience here- I was a contractor for 18 years and developed a clear eye for the problem ply- shamefully bad joke- you would certainly know what needs more attention- but I also had the clear advantage of being called after there was a visible sign of water entry.
Your task is harder here, you are straining to see the risk factor, straining to see the first hint of a water problem, and this is hard, but the process of looking over the house should also have been enlightening for what you did find. It is always good to look over your property. because will notice changes and changes are harbingers of bad.
You will not regret heading off problems. You are doing your future retirement nest egg a favor. You are doing your own body a favor by preventing discovering a problem with mold after people are reacting with allergies or health problems and you are better protecting the physical integrity of your home.
A new buzzword is sustainability. It means a great many things using resources and energy more efficiently and with less waste. Well, protecting your home and making it sound and reliable is being a steward of resources.
Gene Autry liked to say. ” Head them off at the pass.” Take some advice from Gene. Head off moisture problems before they create really expensive structural problems.
Now the question is what is he next step? Who do you call and what do you ask for? This is a complex question depending on what you want looked at, but that is the next step. We start that conversation here. LINK
Any questions on what we talked about here? Any comments? Any stories you want to tell? Feel free to leave a comment below.