Rain, Rain Go Away
With all the recent hurricanes, rain is on the forefront of people’s minds. Rain and water can do a lot of damage to a home. Here are some common issues from water and some ways to make the rain, rain, go away.
Find a reputable roofing contractor. I have a great one that will do free inspections. If they find anything that needs to be repaired, they will let you know so you can fix it for a lot less than if you waited until you have water coming in through your kitchen ceiling. Sometimes a fix can be as simple as making sure there are no exposed nail heads. If you keep up with the regular, smaller repairs, you can extend the life of your roof and save yourself money overall.
Gutters are supposed to catch water and direct it away from your house. There are a few things that need to happen to make sure they do their job correctly.
- They need to be sloped correctly. Water should not sit in the gutters. If it can’t get to the downspouts, it can flow over the top and get into your house in a number of ways.
- Gutters need to have downspouts. This may seem like common sense, but I have seen plenty of water spilling out onto a patio or in a yard from the second story because there was no downspout attached. Another important element of downspouts is that they divert the water away from the house. They can only do this if they flow out to a splash block (turned the correct way) or if they extend or are buried out into the yard, far enough away from the house.
- Gutters need to be clean and free of debris. Again, if water can’t flow freely in and out of the gutters, it can’t do its job. Clean them out regularly – more if you have trees near your roof – or get a guard of some sort to keep debris out.
BASEMENTS AND CRAWL SPACES
This is a biggie. CHECK YOUR CRAWL SPACES!!! I have seen more sales fall through because of water/moisture issues in a basement or a crawl space. Here in Tennessee, we have humidity. If the slightest bit of water gets into a basement or crawl space, you are asking for trouble. Learn how to properly use and operate your basement and crawl space vents for your area’s conditions. If you have water, get it out. Mold can start to grow and water can ruin and rot materials that are designed to insulate and support the structure of your home. There are many solutions, as simple as diverting downspouts to full encapsulation.
Take care of the routine maintenance when it comes to water in and around your home. It will save you time, trouble, and a ton of money.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.