Simple Ways to Waterproof Your Home

Although this summer has been mostly dry, it has also brought waves of sudden pouring rain. All that rain forced upon your house and yard can cause tremendous damage which will strongly impact your home and its value. Fortunately, a short amount of time spent in upkeep can help defend your home from the summer storms. Here are a few ways to waterproof your home quickly and easily.


1) Rain Gutter Repairs
There are a few ways to make cleaning and repairing gutters easier. First, for clogged downspouts, try using barbecue tongs to reach in and pull the leaves out.
Second, to repair loose gutter nails try replacing them with extra-long lag screws. Lag screws tend to be stronger, hold better and can easily be installed with a cordless drill equipped with a nut driver bit.


2) Sticky Windows and Doors
Wet weather causes wooden windows and doors to swell and stick. To repair a sticky door or window, first mark where it is sticking. Next, remove the door or window by taking out its hinge pins, prop it up securely and with a hand plane, carefully remove any excess material.

For sliding windows, the trim around them is often the culprit and must be removed and reinstalled to allow for more movement. To do this, carefully remove the trim with a flat bar and pull the nails out backwards by grasping the nail point with pliers and pulling. If the trim was installed properly with finishing nails, you should be able to do this without damaging the wood.

When reinstalling, keep the fit snug but not as tight as it was. If you reinstall the trim too loosely, the windows will rattle when the wood shrinks again.
To keep windows and doors from sticking, make sure that they are sealed with a good coat of paint, including the tops and bottoms. Don’t paint the channels where windows need to slide. Instead, use a light coat of linseed oil as a sealer.



3) Painting Over Water Stains
Painting over water stains will not make them go away unless you use a primer-sealer first. Oil-based sealers usually work better than water-based. You should also choose a sealer that has a high amount of solids. Solids consist of pigments and other elements that do the actual covering of the stain. Paint, hardware, and home centers typically carry primer-sealers.

One other tip when using an oil-based sealer is to consider using disposable brushes and rollers. Cleaning up after using oil-based products can be messy and often requires that you spend more on paint thinner than your brushes and rollers are worth.


4) Painting and Repairing Rusty Fixtures
Paint additives are now available to help paint stick to rust while also neutralizing the rust and stopping corrosion from continuing under the paint.

If left untreated, rust will eventually cause your fixtures to lock up. Prevent this by keeping fixtures well lubricated. For fixtures like gate hinges and latches, use heavy grease. It will not evaporate and its heavy viscosity is the best thing for heavy-duty parts. Most auto parts stores have heavy grease.

5) Repairing Cracks in Concrete
Concrete always cracks at some point, but it is repairable. For most cracks less than 1/4″, applying concrete caulk is a good way to make repairs. Clean the crack out with a high-pressure hose nozzle, let it dry and then apply the caulk into the crack.

For larger cracks, substitute concrete patch for caulk. Large cracks or small, repair is necessary because water that finds its way into cracks will soften the ground underneath and cause more cracking. The situation worsens if the water freezes.

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