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Preventing Cracks & Leaks in Your Home

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Minor cracks and leaks around your home may not seem like a big issue at first, however, left untreated they can lead to damp, mould and even severe structural damage. Therefore, it is vital to regularly inspect your property and take steps to waterproof your home.

Here are some top tips from Screwfast on how to effectively prevent cracks and leaks in your home…

  • When inspecting your property it is a good idea to start at the top of your house and work your way down. Begin by carefully inspecting your roof for damaged tiles and have them secured or replaced where necessary. Roof tiles are designed to keep rain out and protect your home from the elements, so it is crucial to properly maintain them.
  • It is also important to check your gutters for a build-up of leaves and debris, as this can cause blockages and lead to rain water spilling over onto the walls of your home. If you notice water pouring from your guttering after it has rained, then this is likely to be the cause.
  • The next areas to inspect for cracks and water damage are the walls of your property and the seals around your windows. Fill any cracks and look out for any gaps that may have been left around pipes or in between bricks. You should also apply a weatherproof sealant around all windows to prevent water from seeping inside.
  • Finally you must remember to inspect the boundaries of your property and ensure that any water on the ground flows away from your home, instead of pooling near your property. This could lead to water seeping into the foundations and cause serious structural damage. If you do notice water pooling on your grounds, try to remove the water and fill or level those areas using dirt or gravel. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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