• April 9, 2021
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Did you know that it’s possible to make your home leakproof?

Leaks in a house, whether from the pipe, roof, or sewer, can be absolutely dangerous. Water can quickly enter the house, which can cause flooding to the basement and may cost you thousands of dollars of damages in destroyed property and repairs. Leaks in the roof area can cause severe water damage that can cause significant damage to the entire house if left unnoticed.  

If you’re putting so much care into your house and its looks, you need to spend time to make it safe from any looks that may occur. Here are some architectural designs that will help to make your home leakproof. 

Leakproof Tip 1: Fix the Cast Iron Pipes in Your Sewer

Pipes corrode over time. Iron rusts and corrodes when it’s exposed to water. Even if pipes are coated to prevent water damage to them, it doesn’t last forever. < /p>

While most people think it’s time to change the pipes and the sewer, many don’t know that it’s possible to repair existing sewers without replacing the existing pipes. If you’re having problems with your sewer, or it has been a long time since you’ve gotten it looked at, call a plumbing inspector to evaluate the situation and make the necessary repairs.

Leakproof Tip 2: Properly Sealed Roof

Roofs are made to provide shelter from the elements and to keep your house dry. A roof that isn’t properly sealed or extremely damaged will create a myriad of water-related problems. 

The first issue is ensuring the roof overhangs past the house. This will keep water flowing off the roof side, and when it falls, it falls far enough away from the house so it doesn’t sink into the foundation. 

Water in the foundation can cause the house to shift and damage any pipes underneath. Not only that, but this water can pile up and can be absorbed by the walls in the basement, causing serious water damage.

Next, there’s a layer of roofing that goes between the house and the shingles for the sole purpose of stopping water from seeping into the attic and the house. Without this layer, the roof will become extremely water-damaged and cost you thousands of dollars.

Finally, even if the shingles aren’t the best for preventing water damage, they work to get water off your roof. Any gaps in the shingles will cause the water to collect in that area and cause water problems. One should take the necessary steps to seal your roof properly to make your home leakproof.

LeakProof 3: Plant Trees Away from Sewer and Drainage Lines

As trees grow, the roots become stronger and branch out further. Over time, these roots can begin to hit the pipes underneath your home and eventually dig holes right through them. This is a problem that can easily be remedied with precise and careful work.

Building a metal barrier underneath the ground is one of the first options. These barriers are specifically designed to prevent tree roots from reaching and damaging pipes.

Construct piping away from existing planted trees is another option to prevent damage. However, if you’re planning to plant trees, find out where the piping is and look to plant away from it to reduce the chances of tree roots reaching it. Consider what nature is doing underneath the ground near your piping.

While other disasters may prevent you from making your property 100% leakproof, there are situations where you can be proactive and avoid damage. Try to repair your sewers when there are problems without fear of replacing the rest of your pipes. Seal the roof off to prevent rain from getting in, and plant your trees away from drainage lines. 

Lastly, don’t be afraid to call a professional sewer inspector to ensure it’s in good condition. If you’re doing all of this, you’re on your way to creating a home that’s leakproof. 

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About Elie Farah

Elie Farah is a Building Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the property industry. Elie has specialised knowledge in development acquisitions, blue-chip properties and inspections, as well as flood-affected and waterfront properties, heritage buildings, bushfire management and existing use rights.

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