Protecting Your Home's Exterior from Water Damage

Posted on: 4 August 2020


Water damage can be one of the biggest concerns that a homeowner will face, but they may not be taking steps to reduce the risk of the property suffering severe water damage. Regardless of the climate, most homes will be able to greatly benefit from undergoing exterior waterproofing.

What Are the Reasons to Invest in Exterior Waterproofing for Your Home?

Without exterior waterproofing, it can be relatively easy for water to seep into the interior of the home. This is due to the tendency of water to become trapped in the soil along the perimeter of the house. Eventually, this moisture will be able to enter the home by passing through cracks or other small openings along the base of the house. Have the exterior waterproofed will effectively prevent this moisture from entering the home through these small openings.

Does Exterior Waterproofing Only Involve Applying a Coating to the Exposed Exterior of the Home?

While the application of the waterproof coating is a key step in protecting the home from moisture damage, it is often not the only step that will be needed to protect the property. For example, a homeowner may find that the soil around their home is extremely prone to allowing water to get backed up. This can lead to ponding and large puddles developing near the home. Unfortunately, these sources of water can overwhelm the coating that was applied to the exterior of the home. If your property has poor drainage, it may need to be improved around the perimeter of your house in order for the waterproofing efforts to yield the biggest effects.

Will Exterior Waterproofing Have a Negative Impact on Your Landscaping?

In order to apply the coating to the entire exterior of the home, it will need to be applied along the exterior portion of the home that is below ground. This will involve the need for some excavation work to be done so that the contractors will be able to reach the exterior of the house to apply this coating. In most cases, the effects on the landscaping from this excavation will be extremely limited due to the fact that it will only be needed directly along the perimeter of the home. If you have small flower beds directly adjacent to the home, they may need to be replanted following this work, but this will usually be the extent of the landscaping troubles that you can expect.