5 Things You Can Do to Rainproof Your Home in Metro Vancouver

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015 by Ashton Service Group

For residents of Metro Vancouver, winter here means rain> snow and it is true again this winter in the Lower Mainland. Meteorologists are saying there is a Pineapple Express moving in today and will last until Saturday night.

Be prepared and have your rain gear on and umbrellas at hand as we can expect to see up to 60mm of rain but the *bonus* is the temperatures will be warm with a high up to 12°! on Monday. If you have some time this weekend to work around you house consider these 5 items that will help keep the rain and drafts out of your home.

1. Use door draft stoppers

You can buy a door draft stopper from Home Depot, Walmart or if you are a DIY type you can make one yourself.  Place the draft stoppers along your outside doors to help keep away the draft that seeps in underneath the door. This saves the heat from your home escaping out that way.

2. Fix leaks around doors and windows

Light a candle and move it around the door and window frames of your home.  If the flame flickers, it means there is a draft coming in and you can patch the leaky spots with caulk or weather stripping.

3. Insulate your outlets

This one might seem strange but many electrical outlets, especially in older homes in Metro Vanocuver, don’t have insulation around them. The outlets could be a source of drafts or a place that the warm air can leak out of your house.  To insulate your outlets, purchase foam padding that easily fits around your electrical outlets or light switches. Remember to take special care when working around electricity.

4. Painting over water damage

You cannot paint over water stains unless you use a primer-sealer first. When looking for a sealer, follow these guidelines: oil-based sealers> water-based. Second, choose a sealer that has a high amount of solids. Solids consist of pigments and other elements that do the actual covering of the stain. Paint, hardware and home centers carry primer-sealers.  Also when using an oil-based sealer consider using disposable brushes and rollers. Cleaning up after using oil-based products can be messy and you may spend more on paint thinner than what your brushes and rollers are worth.

5. Repairing cracks in concrete

Concrete eventually cracks and you do not have to put up with it. Water has a way of getting into the cracks  that will soften the ground underneath and cause more cracking. The situation worsens if the water freezes and then melts when the weather gets warmer. For most cracks less than 1/4″, applying concrete caulk is one way to make repairs. Clean the crack out with a high-pressure hose nozzle, let it dry and then apply the caulk into the crack. For larger cracks, use concrete patch for caulk instead.

If you have any leaks on your pipes or fixtures, feel free to give Ashton Service Group a call at 604-283-2383 to have one of our experienced and licensed plumbers help repair your leak.

Have a dry and warm weekend!


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