Home Improvement Projects: Dealing With Wet Areas

Home improvement projects run the whole gamut from fun and inexpensive, to frustrating and extremely pricey. But in terms of priority, it’s often good to target wet areas of your home first, as water damage of any sort can be seriously debilitating to your home living experience.

So, five wet areas that deserve that focus early in your home improvement process will be with respect to your water heater, bathrooms, basement, outside windows and doors, and any awning that you have (or should put up). Especially if you live in a place with lots of rain or snow, some of these projects are pretty vital.

Water Heater Leaks

One of the most aggravating and potentially damaging issues that can come up for a homeowner is if the water heater starts leaking. Depending on where it is in your home, and how soon you catch the leak, it can cause a tremendous amount of damage to carpet, floor, tile, basement storage, or closet space. So before you do too much improvement to the other areas in your home, know that you should check your water heater regularly for signs of damage.

Bathroom Modifications

Your major wet areas are going to be your bathrooms. Between toilets, sinks, and bathtubs, and showers, that’s a lot of water that can start leaking through pipes, corroding through metal, or otherwise creating issues that you need to fix. And when it comes to upgrading your bathroom, the two major choices are to try to do it yourself or hire a professional. The cost variation between those two options is pretty huge, but it depends on how much you trust yourself getting the right tools and materials and getting the job done on a DIY scale.

Basement Sealing

You shouldn’t do to much other home improving until your basement is sealed either. If you live in an area where there are basements mixed with water tables mixed with sump pumps, then you know the danger of flooding, and you know the danger of concrete foundation walls getting cracks in them.

Windows and Doors

Your exterior windows and doors can take a beating from rain and snow, and if there are any issues with breaks or cracks in the seals, that can lead to some serious damage to the structure of your walls. So as far as home improvement goes, be sure to check regularly on all of the boundaries between the inside and outside of your home.

Installing Awnings

To prevent some of the issues with windows and doors so far as wet areas are concerned, you can install awnings to take some of the possibility of damage away. Those awnings don’t necessarily constitute wet areas themselves, they can be used to prevent areas from getting moist in the first place!

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.