Water is a wonderful thing. It supports life and promotes growth, which ordinarily would be a good thing, but isn’t so much when it comes to your home. Homes suffer from prolonged water exposure. If you’ve just shelled out a small fortune on a new custom home, it’s best to do what you can to keep it dry in order to prevent damage, discourage pests, and protect your family’s health.
Water can do some serious structural damage to your home. It weakens your roof, your foundation, and pretty much everything in between. Prolonged water exposure wears away at the weak points of your roof, making it more susceptible to leakage. Water leaks lead to unsightly discoloration and can cause your walls to deteriorate and buckle. This is made worse by a foundation suffering from water damage. Resulting cracks and weaknesses in the foundation compromise the structural integrity of your home. Using quality materials, regular home maintenance, and directing water away from your home can help you keep water from causing structural damage to your home.
Pests need water just as much as any other living thing, which means standing water around your home and leaking faucets or pipes make your house more attractive to them. Mosquitoes, ants, silverfish, and cockroaches are all attracted to your home by moisture. There are many solutions that can keep cockroaches away from your home.
For instance, keeping your new custom home dry is one way to discourage cockroaches from making your home their own. One way to do this is by making sure that the seals in your plumbing are in good condition. Check the caulking in your home and repair it if needed. Remove standing water in your backyard to discourage mosquitoes from laying eggs on your property.
Did you know that keeping your home dry can help protect your family’s health? Water promotes the growth of mold in your home, which can have a negative impact on health, especially respiratory health. Mold can have an adverse effect especially on those with asthma or allergies. In severe cases, mycotoxins can result in neurological damage and death. To protect your family’s health, be on the lookout for signs of mold growth. It’s not always easy to spot, since it often grows out of sight, but it’s important to eliminate it as quickly as possible.
It’s natural to want to protect your new home and keep it in good condition. After all, you spent a lot of money on it, and it’s where you live. Keep your home dry and you’ll be in a better position to protect your family’s health, discourage pests from making your home theirs, and keep it structurally sound.
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