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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Winter Waterproofing: Three Quick-Fixes For Homeowners

by Mike Brewer

Successful homeownership is all about proactive planning and maintenance. For instance, during the winter, many homeowners fail to prepare their homes for the spring run-off that invariably follows every winter.  This oversight can lead to significant water damage and costly repair bills.

Here are a few ways that you can proactively waterproof your home:

# 1 Create a Tight Seal-If you've ever put a full water bottle in a freezer you know exactly what happens to water when it freezes: it expands. On average, water expands about 9% when it freezes. This means that when snow melts and water seeps into cracks in your roof, gutters, or walkways and freezes, these cracks are likely expand. This expansion can cause roofs to leak, gutters to sag, and walkways to cant at strange angles.

Quick Fix-Sealing cracks on your roof or other exposed exterior locations around your home will prevent snowmelt from causing costly damage. The most versatile crack-sealing quick fix is a rubber epoxy sealer. Although rubber epoxy isn't a permanent fix, it's relatively cheap, easy to apply, and has elasticity, which allows it to expand and contract with raising and falling temperatures.

# 2 Let the Water Run-Another waterproofing must for any homeowner is preventing standing water from forming. When water is allowed to pool around your home's foundation or on your driveway it can cause major structure damage.

Quick Fix-To prevent standing water from forming, you will need to channel water to provide for efficient drainage. Because water runs downhill, you should consider consulting with a landscaper to ensure that your drainage has enough slope to properly move water away from your home.

# 3 Focus on Basements-Because basements are the lowest part of your home, they are also the most likely space of your home to suffer water damage. Most basement water damage occurs when water breeches windows or compromises exterior walls.

Quick Fix-To prevent water from damaging your basement, it's important to closely survey basement windows and walls to look for gaps and cracks. For instance, if you notice that run-off has created a significant gap between the exterior wall and the surrounding dirt or concrete, you should fill these gaps immediately. Similarly, if you notice that your basement's window casing and seals allow outside wind drafts to enter your basement, water can also breach these gaps too.

Waterproofing your home requires some simple proactive maintenance. If you need help with waterproofing or some more tips, a place like John Norris Foundation Repair LLC can help you out. But if you follow the previous tips, you can drastically reduce post-winter water damage.