Moisture Control for Your Home

Foundation With WiresWinter storms hit the Bay Area in December with near- freezing temperatures and a great deal of rain.  And although 2015 has been rain-free so far, forecasts predict precipitation in February and beyond.

Rain this time of year is not such a bad thing. Our drought-stricken landscape and shallow waterways — our lakes, reservoirs and streams — could desperately use it. But when rain arrives unexpectedly, it’s often not a good thing, at least not for your home! Is your comfy dwelling ready for some unwanted moisture? Hopefully it is. And if not, there is still time to minimize the potential damage caused by heavy rains. In fact, making some simple home repairs today can help mitigate the need for expensive repairs later on.

A Dry Foundation?
A roof channels water way from the foundation as a way to protect it from exposure. But if standing water exists near the foundation this may signal a problem. Something called hydrostatic pressure could be taking place, in other words, a build up of pressure on the foundation that can lead to cracks and even damage a retaining wall. So what can you do?

Roof Fascia and Soffit: Why They Matter
The fascia is the horizontal board that runs along the roof line and acts as trim or a finished edge. It protects the roof and the home’s interior by preventing water from entering it. The gutters are also attached to the fascia.

The soffit is the exposed surface beneath a roof’s overhang. It ventilates anddraws heat and moisture away from the home. The soffit can be easily damaged by excess moisture. A water- saturated soffit causes rotting, splitting, and gaps in which animals can nest and cause further damage.

Gutter Awareness
Preventing serious foundation issues may be a simple as checking and maintaining your rain gutters. Your home’s gutters play a major role in maintaining a healthy home. For instance, when there is standing water near a home’s foundation the problem is typically

Clogged Gutter

Place gutter cleaning at the top of your home improvement list this year. Gutter need to be cleaned twice a year. Indeed well-maintained gutters have essential benefits:

  • Prevent water damage to the home by eliminating sagging, bending, and leaking
  • Eliminate a nesting area for animals
  • Stop the destruction of the landscape
  • Maintain the value and beauty of your home

Ice on roof and guttersA clogged gutter can also lead to what’s called an ice dam, which is when melted snow freezes on a roof’s overhang, trapping water under shingles and other roofing layers; this can result in leaks through roof deck joints and nail holes.

Ice-Dam Solution: A drip-edge (an L-shaped piece of metal) should be installed to prevent ice dams. The drip-edge is simply nailed to the decking below the fascia board. Once installed, a drip-edge will deflect water away and prevents it from going up and under the shingles.