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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Here Comes The Rain: How To Waterproof The Exterior Of Your Home

by Nicholas Jenkins

If you're expecting heavy rains this year, now's the time to waterproof your home. If you have a basement, you've probably already taken measures to waterproof the inside of your home. However, if you haven't extended the waterproofing to the exterior, your home is still in danger of water damage. For your home to be truly protected against flood damage, you need to waterproof the exterior, as well. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your entire home is properly waterproofed.

Repair Your Exterior Walls

If you've decided to waterproof the exterior of your home, don't forget about the walls. Most people don't think about their exterior walls when tackling the waterproofing. Unfortunately, that can leave homes susceptible to damage. That's because flood water can soak right through the cracks in the stucco. To avoid that, you'll need to repair your exterior walls right away.

Seal the Cracks

If you have cracks in your stucco, you'll need to repair those as soon as possible. The best way to do that is with a waterproof, latex caulk. First, use a wire brush to clean away the loose stucco. Next, fill the cracks with your caulk and then smooth the surface with a putty knife. Finally, repeat the process to ensure an even distribution of the caulk.

Waterproof Your Plaster

Once you've repaired the cracks, you'll need to apply a fresh coat of plaster to the lower portion of your home. Pay close attention to the areas that are most at risk for water exposure during a flood. The addition of a fresh coat of plaster will help seal the walls and prevent damage. For maximum benefits, include a waterproofing agent in your plaster mix. The additive will help lock out the moisture.

Install Rain Gutters

If your home is not equipped with rain gutters yet, that's the next project you should add to your list. Rain gutters help keep water away from the foundation of your home. Flooding often begins with torrential rains. As the rain falls, it flows off your roof and collects around the foundation of your home, which leads to the flooding. However, once you've installed gutters on your home, the water will no longer collect around the foundation. Instead, it will be released a safe distance away from your home.

Call in the Professionals

If your property is prone to flooding and you've experienced water damage in the past, call in the professionals. Professional exterior waterproofing contractors will know exactly what steps to take to protect your home from future water damage caused by flooding.