26Apr

Keeping Your Home Protected from Moisture Damage

Moisture damage is one of the most common problems that homeowners have to deal with all year round. It comes in many forms, ranging from unsightly water spots to heavy leaking and even structural damage within the walls of your home. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your home protected from water damage. Here's a brief rundown of the best options available for your home.

Moisture Damage

Replace Your Roof 

Your roof is your home's main defense against rain and other harsh elements, which means it also suffers the most damage from constant wear and tear. An old, damaged roof will have gaps and holes and is no longer effective when it comes to keeping water from getting into your home. Replacing it with a brand new roofing system gives your home a fresh layer of protection for years to come.

Check Your Vents

Moisture buildup can still happen even if you have a good roof. A damaged vent can cause water vapor to condense and accumulate in hard-to-reach places. Have your vents checked for any signs of holes or gaps where air can leak, usually along the seams and bends, and have them sealed ASAP.

Check Your Gutters

Your gutters are designed to safely channel water runoff away from your home, but they can be a major source of roofing and wall-related problems if they get damaged and neglected for a long time. This is especially true for gutters that do not have gutter protection systems installed, as debris can clog the drain pipe and cause water buildup that could eventually flow into other parts of your home.

Watch Your Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are designed to let fresh air in on a good day, but they should also be able to keep water out when it's raining. Check for signs of damage, especially on the weatherstripping; even the smallest holes can let a lot of water seep through during a rainy day. Have damaged windows repaired, and replace the ones that are too old to fix before the next storm comes.

Switch Your Siding

The roof keeps you protected from water coming in from above, but your home's siding keeps the walls safe from water coming in from the sides. Old siding panels may have huge gaps that might let water runoff permeate the walls, while outdated siding materials (such as untreated wood) might even absorb moisture instead of keeping it away. If your siding is already in a sorry state, don't hesitate to have it replaced immediately.

Don't let moisture damage affect your home. The Empire Contractors LLC team of home improvement specialists is the best in Cincinnati, OH, and we are more than happy to help you. Just call us at  (513) 409-0880, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote.

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