The absolutely worst source of expensive home repairs is having excessive water where they should be none.
So before the rains come, there are two things every home owner should do to minimize the risk of outside water getting inside.
When gutters are clogged, they fill with water. When the water rises to the level of the roofing sheathing or wood roof shingles, the water will “wick” up the wood.
This is not a problem for a month or two, but left unattended for months or years (as some people do) this results in very expensive repair bills. When the wood sheathing underneath your roofing shingles rots, you must remove a section of your roof to get to it and replace it, before putting new roof shingles on.
2) Using paintable caulking (available at all hardware stores), caulk all cracks and gaps on your home’s exterior.
Pay particular attention to cracks in stucco around windows and doors, and any exterior electrical fixtures, and all exterior pipe penetrations.
Paintable caulk is available at all hardware stores. It goes on white (generally) and as it dries it becomes clear. At that point is has the look of snail tracks (up close you can see it) and over time it fades away.
Because this paintable caulk dries clear there is no need to touch up the paint over it, and believe me the water barrier it creates which keeps the water outside of the wall is the quickest and simplest home repair ROI available.
A few tubs a caulk, a caulk gun, a plastic spreader tool, and a few hours of caulking can save you thousands of dollars in future repair bills.
We hope you find these tips useful and request that you consider us when you have remodeling or handyman work you need to complete (we also excel at bathroom remodels). Contact us anytime for a no obligation consultation.