4 Places to Waterproof in Your Home Before Fall

To protect your home, spend extra time waterproofing the house well before the first freeze hits.

Water damage to your home is expensive to repair and can be extremely hazardous to your family’s health.

Fall and winter bring cold, damp weather, which can freeze pipes and soak through poorly sealed openings.

To protect your home and family, spend some extra time waterproofing the house well before the first freeze hits.

Here are 4 areas that need attention.

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1. Basement

To waterproof a basement, first, you must fix any floor cracks that could be letting moisture in. Then you need to reseal the floor and all the walls.

Once those steps are complete, you will likely need to invest in a sump pump to prevent water damage during the rainy season.

Basement waterproofing can be complicated, which is why many people hire professional contractors for this job.

2. Doorways

Waterproofing and sealing external doors is an important project, especially if you live in an area that regularly floods.

Apply a bead of exterior silicone caulk between the door frame and exterior wall. You can also place some weatherstripping between the door and the frame if there are any gaps.

Weatherstripping won’t withstand a major flood, but it should stop a few inches of rain as long as it is applied correctly.

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