Spring brings us so many delightful things, like sunshine, flowers, and warmer temperatures. However, it also brings with it; rain – sometimes lots of rain. Lots of rain can often mean that it will flood. When it rains, the water will eventually begin to erode your house and yard. This can cause tremendous damage to you and your home. Fortunately, a short amount of time spent in upkeep chores can help your home weather spring showers and summer storms. In this post, we will discuss the different ways you can waterproof your home from the damages of rain and flash floods. The best part is that it’s all DIY, meaning you can “do it yourself” for much less time and money! Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the waterproofing projects we have in store for you today!

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Flooding

Did you know that flooding is the most common disaster that impacts the most people year after year? In addition to rain, other causes of flooding in the home such as breaking pipes and leaks can impact homeowners immensely. In many places, flooding affects the area differently. However, flash flooding is one of the biggest killers in the U.S. And it happens everywhere, in all 50 states and practically any community.

There are also other ways your house can flood It can happen to anyone, a pipe breaks and you find yourself with a costly repair bill. Protect America’s Flood Sensor is designed to discover any leakage in your home or business. With prompt notice it gives you the time you need to salvage your valuables and shut off the water. The basement or first level of your business or residence is the best place for a Flood Sensor. Mount the detector on the lowermost area of your wall or even right on the floor in order to detect water. A home security system with a flood sensor can also be a great way to help make sure a vacation or vacant home is safe and secure while you’re not there.

Rain Gutter Repairs

No one likes to clean or repair gutters. That being said, there are some ways to make the job much easier. For clogged downspouts, use barbecue tongs to reach in and pull the leaves out. This doesn’t always work. However, the alternative is to use a hose to flush out the clogged leaves….which may or may not involve you getting covered in gutter goop and water. Additionally, if you need to replace any loose gutter nails, try replacing them with extra-long lag screws. The lag screws tend to be stronger, hold better and can easily be installed with a cordless drill equipped with a nut driver bit.

Windows and Doors

With all the wet weather that spring brings, wooden windows and doors can’t help but swell and stick. To repair a sticky door or window:

  1. First mark where it is sticking.
  2. Next, remove the door or window by taking out its hinge pins, prop it up securely and with a hand plane.
  3. Carefully remove any excess material. Power planes will work, too, but there is a tendency to remove too much.  Be careful that this doesn’t happen. When the wood shrinks back during the drier, warmer days of summer, the gap will be too wide.

Waterproofing the Basement

Basements are a common place for water to leak. A hard rainstorm or a broken pipe can cause your basement to become a small pond. Excess water in your basement not only limits your use of the space, it can cause a number of serious problems, from mold to weakening your home’s foundation. A flood sensor will help you know when there is water. However, it will only help you identify the issue rather than help you fix the underlying cause. 

Solutions such as digging, foundation spraying, epoxy injection, saw cutting and jack hammering are the techniques normally suggested by waterproofing companies. All of these methods treat only the exterior foundation wall coatings. They don’t promise to eliminate water in your basement, just to redirect it. Really, the only way to completely waterproof a basement is on the inside of the basement walls and floors, not the outside.  

Do this by purchasing the following:

  • A liquid rubber base
  • Thickening activator
  • Liquid polyurethane coating

First prepare the substrate by making sure it is dry and clean. This means making sure it is free of any previously used products, crumbling materials, and foreign matter.

Next, prime the substrate by applying one coat of your liquid polyurethane coating. Concrete block surfaces need 2 prime coats of basement waterproofing products because it is more porous than a regular wall. The first coat penetrates deep to permanently lock and seal within the pores of the concrete. The second coat begins filling the pores, pock holes & pin holes near the surface.

Finally, patch up any seams, cracks, holes and rough areas using LRB/TAV mixture. 2-parts LRB (Liquid Rubber Base) is mixed with 1-part TAV (Thickening Activator) to create a thick caulk-like mixture.

Now all you need to do is apply a basement waterproofing product and no moisture, vapor or water can enter the basement. Many of these products can be purchased and further explained here.

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Repairing Water Damage

The problem with water stains is that painting over them will not make them go away unless you use a primer-sealer first. When looking for a sealer, follow these basic guidelines: First, oil-based sealers usually work better than water-based. Second, 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 carry primer-sealers.

One other tip when using an oil-based sealer, 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. Plus, oil based paint takes much longer to dry than any other painting medium. Remember to be patient and take your time.

We hope that this post has been able to help you waterproof your home, especially the more flood susceptible areas of it. Additionally, if you need a flood sensor to help you detect a flood within your home, please feel free to call Protect America or check out any of our environmental sensors to help keep you and your family dry, safe, and worry-free this spring! Also refer to our flood safety guide to see how much you know about flood season! Also don’t forget to follow us one Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more fun facts and updates by Protect America!