Weatherproofing Your Home



Weatherproofing your home tips and information. Houses are built to provide shelter from the elements. To protect the house against invasion by unwanted air and water, heat and cold-even animals and insects-is a principal concern of the homeowner. This battle against the elements is fought with a varied arsenal of materials and equipment. There are plugs and sealers, pumps and vents, insulation, awnings and tinted plastics-plus special techniques and equipment for emergencies such as hurricanes and floods, earthquakes and lighting storms.

Few houses demand all weather proofing remedies, but sooner or later most require one or more of them to remain sound and comfortable. Every few years, for example new caulking and perhaps new weather stripping are needed to replace what has worn out and to seal up gaps that appear as the house settles. Once properly sealed a house may have to little air entering to carry moisture away or to keep the furnace burning efficiently. Therefore ventilators must be installed that take advantage of natural air currents or create their own with electric ventilating fans. International ventilation of this sort has a major advantage over the accidental air currents that come through odd cracks and crannies: it lets you control how much air gets in where.

Although ventilation removes airborne moisture other measures are necessary to cure a house of leaks more homes than ever have water in the basement. One cause is the proliferation of shopping center parking lots which by reducing natural drainage o f rainfall into the earths and water into residential areas to flood basements that had never been flooded before. In some cases, the key to a dry basement may be as simple as cleaning out the gutters or sealing cracks in the foundation walls or leaks in the roof When such routine steps are insufficient, you may have to lay underground pipe to carry water away, perhaps to a dry well, or you may want to have to apply waterproofing to the foundation or even install a pump in the basement. Another kind of seepage has nothing to do with water but exacts a toll in dollars and comfort. In winter, heat escapes from the house through the walls roof, basement, doors, and windows. In summer heat leaks in buy the same routes. Such losses in either direction have become intolerable expensive as energy prices has risen-the cost of gas for heating. Thanks for reading this pae on weatherproofing your home.

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