How to rain proof your home

During this season of the year, with its unexpected sudden downpours, it is often the time when we think about what we should have done rainproof our homes. While hindsight can give you perfect clarity it is extremely annoying to realise that you could have prevented major water damage. After just 20 minutes of heavy rain on an unprotected roof your home may be taking in a great deal of water. What can be done about this?

The first thing you should do is to see to your roof. Roofs are often neglected and if left to their own devices will eventually cause you problems. Depending on what roof material you have on your home you may be able to effect repairs yourself or you may want to call in professional help. In either case you will want to make sure that your roof has a protective layer that will cause the water to run off and not to enter your home.

The other major thing that is neglected but is essential for rain management is the gutters around the house. If these are choked with leaves and degree when the rain comes they will overflow and cause damage. It’s no one’s ideal activity to get up on the roof and clean out the gutters but it is a necessity if you want to avoid water damage. Freely flowing gases can transport an astonishing amount of water from around your house and cause it to leave harmlessly.

How to properly install washing machine to avoid water damage

Instruction manuals make everything seem so simple and straightforward but in reality setting up your washing machine first time may be a bit of a daunting prospect. You must first make sure that you have all the necessary equipment on hand and that you are prepared to cut off the water supply to the washing machine in case of emergencies. Make sure that the drainage pipe connected to your washing machine is very tightly secure. If this pipe is not secured it can flood the floor of your washroom very quickly.

When connecting the hot and cold-water inlets to your new washing machine, be sure to place some sealant tape on the nozzle that you are connecting them to. This will prevent water from instantly spurting out the moment you switch it on. In order to prevent water damage in the future is a good idea to purchase steel hoses rather than the usual rubber variety. These steel hoses last a great deal longer and are much less likely to be damaged from being stuffed behind the washing machine.

One extremely useful thing to purchase when installing a washing machine is a water catching tray to go beneath it. The tray will not hold the vast quantities of water but it will stop minor leaks from becoming a problem and may give you enough time to switch off the water. It can be easily installed and forgotten about. When in doubt when it comes to installations of this variety you should consult the company that you purchased the washer from.