Moisture can be your home's worst enemy.

One of the most important things in preventative home maintenance is to keep moisture away from your house. Here are a few things you can do to prevent moisture damage:

  • If you don’t already have them then you should install rain gutters. This will direct water away from the foundation and can help prevent a cracked slab. Make sure the bottom of your gutter downspoutis diverted away from your house with an extention or french drain.
  • Dirty gutters don’t work. You should clear the leaves from your rain gutters at least twice a year to avoid water backup. Standing water in a gutter can rust those made of sheet metal.
  • Sometimes the vertical drain pipes on your house can become clogged.  If this happens try to flush debris down them with a hose. If that doesn’t work, you can use a plumber’s snake to free the debris from the gutter drainpipe.
  • If you irrigate your yard make sure your sprinklers don’t get your house wet. Adjust your lawn sprinklers to ensure that only your lawn or landscaping is getting watered.  Wet wood will rot and attract pests such as carpenter ants and termites.
  • Inspect the washers on your hose and outdoor faucet periodically and replace them if needed to prevent dripping water from soaking the foundation of your home.
  • Go up in the attic to check for roof leaks every several months to prevent water damage to ceilings and walls from rain.
  • Use the bathroom fan or open a window when you take a shower to prevent condensation that encourages mold and mildew growth. Make sure your bathroom fans do not vent into the attic. I see this often and it can be a source of moisture that is perfect for mold growth.