Protect Your Home from Spring Rain: How to Spot and Stop Water Intrusion

As the flowers bloom and temperatures rise, spring also brings increased rainfall that can pose a threat to your home. Water intrusion not only compromises the structural integrity of your house but also leads to mold and mildew. Stay ahead of the season by knowing how to spot and stop water leaks.

Identifying Early Signs of Water Intrusion:

  1. Unusual Dampness: Check for wet spots on floors, especially after rain. These can indicate unseen leaks above or below.
  2. Peeling Paint or Wallpaper: Look for bubbling, cracking, or peeling paint inside your home; these are often signs of moisture infiltration.
  3. Musty Odors: A persistent musty smell can be a sign of hidden moisture inside walls or under floors.

Common Entry Points for Water:

  • Roof: Inspect your roof for missing, damaged, or aged shingles which can allow water to seep in.
  • Windows and Doors: Ensure all seals and caulking are intact to prevent water from leaking through frame edges.
  • Basement and Foundation: Check for cracks or gaps in your basement walls and foundation where water might enter.

Preventative Measures to Take Now:

  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean and repair gutters and downspouts to ensure water is properly diverted away from your home.
  • Landscaping: Grade your yard to slope away from your home to prevent water pooling and seepage.
  • Regular Inspections: Schedule a professional home inspection to catch any vulnerabilities in your home’s defense against water.

Be Proactive:

Being proactive about checking for water intrusion can save you from expensive repairs in the future. This spring, take the time to inspect your home thoroughly and implement the necessary preventative measures. Remember, the cost of prevention is always less than the cost of repair!

Buying a home in Chicagoland?

Suspect water intrusion in the home you’re purchasing? Contact Castle Home Inspection today for a comprehensive evaluation and peace of mind.

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