Posted On: Monday, March 18, 2013
These days, homes are at a greater risk of water damage than ever before. Heavier precipitation and less predictable weather patterns in fall and early winter increase the chance of unwanted water entering our homes. In the Collingwood and Blue Mountains areas, there are prevalent clay soils that carry large amounts of runoff. Water damage is serious business. It is a drain, financially, emotionally and even physically. Just one inch of water is all it takes to destroy sentimental or irreplaceable items, or to create structural damage that can depreciate your home and make selling more of a challenge. The bacteria and mould it can leave in its wake affect air quality in your home and create potential health risks. The best way to deal with water damage is to remove the source where possible. Here are some easy things you can do outside your home to help keep you safe and dry. Extend downspouts at least 6 feet away from your basement walls and drain away from your house towards the street or backyard. Grade the earth or hard surfaces like walkways, paving stones and even wooden decks around the home to slope away from your foundation. Before temperatures drop to freezing, turn off the water supply to outdoor taps and faucets, then open the taps to drain the water completely. These taps can remain slightly open until spring. Keep gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and other debris. Clean them out at least once a year. Late fall is a good time. Grin if your home is a bungalow! Even if your castle is a condo, you can check on surface drainage, window wells and gutter discharge. If you suspect dampness and a musty smelll, you may want to consider a test for air quality in your home through a home inpsector who offers this service, so that you can take remedial steps.