Is Your Home Trying To Tell You Something?
Experienced homeowners know that by observing signs on the exterior of a home that a vast amount of information about its overall health can be gleaned. Consumer Reports states that there are five key warning signs that homeowners should never ignore. Perhaps not surprisingly, four of the five warnings are related to unwanted water inside of a building.
Components Of Homes Work Together To Keep Water Out
Together, roofing shingles, downspouts, and siding work in tandem to direct water from rain and melting snow away from the critical structural components of a home, including its framing and foundation. If considering roofing, spout, or home siding replacement Houston TX based, or in other locations through the nation, gain an understanding of how roofing, downspouts, and siding work together to keep water out of your home.
One of the most common ways water makes its way behind shingles is where it meets window and door frames. It has been suggested that a tube of caulking costing $5 has the potential to save thousands in repairs down the road. The most eye-pleasing and well-styled siding is of little use if it doesn’t act as a barrier to keep water from undermining a home’s underlying structure.
Many Preventable Issues Caused By Water
Following roof shingles, which need to be inspected periodically, and siding, the five signs homes give owners that should not be ignored include, “runaway rainwater,” infestations by insects and other pests, mildew and mold, and foundation cracks. Each, other than infestations, including improperly installed, or failing, roofing, siding, and gutter components, results in unwanted water.
Sometimes, homeowners may discover water sitting in a basement and be unaware of its source. In other instances, out-of-place water may announce itself by dripping from ceilings or running down interior walls. By regularly inspecting roofing shingles for wear, gutters for blockages, siding for gaps along windows and doors, and foundations for cracks, there is no reason any homeowner should reach the point where water is unexpectedly discovered in the interior of a home.
Not All Foundation Cracks Leak
James Katen, a Gaston, Oregon home inspector, states that some cracks visible in home foundations may not require a repair, but that others, which are wider than the width of a pencil, are often indicative of more serious problems. Of course, even a narrow, hairline crack can be the cause of water discovered in a basement. Katen suggests that homeowners get to know the crack topography of their foundations, almost all foundations have some small ones, and to observe changes. Foundation cracks that grow or widen over time often develop into points where water is able to enter basements.
No matter what the underlying cause of a sign given by a home, unexpected water and pest infestations have the potential to grow from minor inconveniences to major problems if not rectified quickly. Save yourself some time, money, and aggravation, by investing in an understanding of the signs your home may be trying to give you.