Is your Orange County Home Rain Proof?
If the weather prognosticators are correct, El Nino is coming soon and we are in for rainy days ahead. Here’s what you need to look at, and perhaps address, to make sure your house watertight. The reason you want to do this is to reduce the risk of water intrusion and subsequent damage to your home. Susceptibility to water intrusion is the same thing as setting your home up to become a mold producing factory. Not the home-based business you want to start this year, or any year.
Thanks to a long time association with the pickiest Home Inspector the world has ever known, I’m well versed in expert advice regarding the areas of your home you need to check to keep the rain drops from falling into your house. So here we go. Let’s make your Orange County home rain proof!
Up on the roof – Your roof is your first defense against the rain. Get your roof inspected by a pro who knows what he’s doing and knows what to look for. Then make the suggested repairs. Any breach in protection up on your roof will leave you susceptible to water intrusion. And there you are in that unwanted home-based mold growing business.
Got gutters? – Get your gutters cleaned. Sincerely, get somebody to climb up there and pull out all the pine needles, pine cones, leaves, and whatever else has clogged up your gutters, so your rain gutters can easily and effectively whisk the rain away from your roof. What? You don’t have rain gutters on your house? Get gutters, now! Rain gutters are your roof’s best friend and they should be on your best friend list as well. With a good roof to divert the rain from seeping directly into your home, rain gutters perform the noble function of keeping the unwanted rain water off of the sides of your house. Get gutters.
Such a drain… And now that the gutters are installed, cleared, and ready to go to work, make sure they go directly into a drain that leads to the street and larger county drain system. Or at least they drain to a cement area slanting away from your house. Good drainage means you are working hard to distance yourself from certain water intrusion and that unwanted home-based business.
What the heck’s a weep screed? Your house was built with a weep screed, and all you need to know is that the sole purpose of the weep screed is to keep your stucco and dry wall dry. If you have concrete, bricks, pavement, or soil erasing your weep screed, you’re asking for El Nino to come on in and set up her business. Clear away the dirt, and if you can’t remove the bricks and concrete, make sure you have rain gutters and proper drains.
Exterior penetration – look at everything that is coming into or sticking out of your house. Now get the super water resistant sealant and fill in all the gaps in and around these areas. This means windows, doors, light fixtures, vent pipes, switch plates, hose bibs, conduit, gas lines, outdoor showers, video monitors, satellite dishes, and peep holes. Seal them all.
And for all you hopeful buyers out there, look for all of these items on your home inspection report to see how susceptible you prospective home is to the wrath of El Nino. Don’t buy a mold factory.
I’m Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor.
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