Preventing against water damage is something that’s hugely important here in the United States, as water damage is unfortunately far too commonplace in homes all throughout the country. In fact, if your home has a basement (as many homes in certain parts of the country, such as the Midwest, do) there is an up to 98% chance that you and your family will experience water damage at some point in your time living in that home. Crawl spaces, also common (with up to 27 million of them spread throughout the country), are also likely to experience water damage, especially since they are often small and damp to begin with.
But there are so many parts of your home that can lead to this water damage, not just the basement or crawl spaces themselves. For instance, a leaky roof is far too common and can be seen in many a home in this country. And while a roof that has a small leak likely doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, it can lead to extensive damage to the structure of your home if it is left untreated for too long of a period of time. In order to avoid this from happening (as you might not even be aware that your roof has a leak in the first place, especially if it hasn’t been raining frequently in the area of the country where you live), you should have your roof professional inspected at least twice throughout the calendar year. If the need for a repair is noticed, it can then be repaired quite promptly at this time.
You might even decide to add a roof coating made of rubber roof paint. This rubberized roof coating with help you to keep water rolling off of your roof – and not rolling into it. After all, a roof will collect as many as 600 gallons of water with every one inch of rain that falls. Rubberized roofing paint can help to keep it protected during just about any rainstorm, no matter how minor or severe, no matter how much rain actually ends up falling.
In fact, as much of the exterior of your home as possible should be waterproofed, even including your deck. A deck protective coating can be found at pretty much any home improvement store and applying this deck protective coating is relatively easy to do as a DIY (do it yourself) project. However, you can also hire a professional to apply this deck protective coating, a step that will cost a little bit of extra money, but will almost certainly guarantee the high quality outcome of the project.
But why apply deck protective coating in the first place? Well, most decks are made of wood and wood, like anything, can deteriorate all too easily when exposed to harsh weather conditions like rain and snow over an extended period of time. The use of a deck protective coating can help to slow this deterioration by quite a considerable amount, meaning that the use of and the purchase of a deck protective coating can actually save you a good deal of money in the long run, preventing you from needing to replace your deck entirely for many years to come, especially if this deck protective coating is applied regularly, at least once every few years.
Aside from the use of a deck protective coating, a waterproof floor coating for your basement can also prove to be hugely useful. In fact, it can not only prevent water damage, but the mold growth that all too often goes along with it. And mold is certainly something to be avoided, as every single type of mold has the potential to be detrimental to your health. All in all, mold can cause everything from sinus infections to even death in severe cases. And while dying from mold exposure is certainly quite rare (and there is usually some type of other health issue or allergy already at play), removing the mold from your home as quickly as possible is also quite likely to be hugely beneficial in the long run and at the end of the day.