The best way to prevent water damage from rainwater and snow melt is to ensure the exterior materials of the building are properly constructed and maintained. Common places where water intrusion occurs:
Flashing: Flashing, which is typically a thin metal strip found around doors, windows, thresholds, chimneys, and roofs, is designed to prevent water intrusion in spaces where two different building surfaces meet. Investigate, identify and repair all leaks and cracks yearly.
Vents: All vents, including clothes dryer, gable vents, attic vents, and exhaust vents, should have hoods, exhaust to the exterior, be in good working order, and have boots.
Attics: Check for holes, air leaks, or bypasses from the house and make sure there is enough insulation to keep house heat from escaping. Among other things, air leaks and inadequate insulation results in ice damming. If ice dams collect around the lower edge of a roof, rain or melted snow can back up under the shingles and into the attic or the house. Check the bottom side of the roof sheathing and roof rafters or truss for water stains.
*We are B.E.S.T. certified by the Oregon Home Builders Association
B.E.S.T. = Building Exterior Shell Training
*Certified in Installation of Fortifiber weather-resistive barriers and integration of window flashing.
Always remember safety first. We at North Shore Homes are happy to come and take care of any of these items for you. Just give us a call at 503-717-2098