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Before cold and snowy weather arrives, you should protect your home with winter weatherproofing. Use the following suggestions to prevent water damage from heavy rain, sleet or snow. And avoid the costs of expensive and unexpected repairs.

Improve Drainage

Proper drainage is the most important defense your home has against heavy snow and the resulting snowmelt when temperatures rise. Your home should have about a five percent slope away from all exterior walls. This means that the ground should slope downward six inches every ten feet.

To improve your drainage, add soil near the foundation and tamp it down firmly. Always ensure the soil level remains below any siding for ventilation. Small-to-medium shrubs and flowers can help hold soil in place.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

When snow begins to melt, there is a constant stream of water running from your roof into the gutters and downspouts. When gutters or spouts are blocked, this water runs out next to your foundation and walls. This hydrostatic pressure on the concrete can cause cracks and moisture invasion into your basement.

Clean gutters and downspouts at the end of fall to leave them free of dead leaves and other debris. This allows water to flow freely throughout the system and be directed safely away from your home. You may also want to invest in a gutter guard system to help keep gutters clean and maintenance-free.

Protect Piping from Freezing

Winter temperatures throughout North Carolina can become frigid, freezing unprotected pipes quickly. Frozen pipes will burst, flooding your yard or home. Take some time this fall and protect all sources of piping around your home from freezing temperatures.

  • Insulate exposed pipes. This includes pipes in the garage, basement and crawlspace.
  • Seal and insulate the walls, windows, and doors to your basement and garage.
  • Remove, empty and store garden or yard sprinkler hoses.
  • Remove water from sprinkler system piping.
  • Never set the thermostat lower than 55 degrees.

Install an Advanced Drainage System

A custom-designed advanced drainage system is a reliable way to prevent a flooded basement. The Parks’ Free-Flowing Waterproofing System is designed to drain water away from your home’s foundation. Our system provides multi-layered protection for your home, including a waterproofing membrane, termite-treated insulation board, high-quality filter fabric, a four-inch wall of washed stone, a concrete shelf diverting water and a double French drain.

If you are located in Western North Carolina and want to know more about protecting your home from damaging cold weather, call Parks’ Waterproofing LLC to schedule a consultation today.

Posted on behalf of Parks' Waterproofing LLC

5287 Speedway Rd
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Phone: (336) 927-3504

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Johnny E.

I would highly recommend Parks' Waterproofing for any work I had for them to do. Jody was good about coming to my home and looking at what was going on with water getting into my basement. Come to find out that had a bad down spout. Jody was good enough to show me this and the problem was an easy fix. Jody made a 40 mile trip and would not let me pay him. Thank you Jody.

Kara M.

We were having water in our basement every time it rained hard. We feared the worst, and called Parks’ Waterproofing for an estimate. After inspecting our basement, Jody told us that the issue was a $10 pipe that we could replace ourselves. He could have tried to sell us an expensive system that we didn’t need but he was honest. We are grateful for this honest business.

Matt R.

As a real estate agent in the Triad, I can tell you that many major issues found in homes originate from improper water management. The first time I met with the Parks' Waterproofing, I could tell that they were the real deal. This team really knows their stuff! Parks' Waterproofing installed their patented, lifetime warranty, free-flowing waterproofing system around the entire perimeter of a family member's house to prevent water under the house, which was causing a huge mold problem. I have also used Parks' Waterproofing to install below grade drainage for my gutter system, plus, adding a catch basin under my deck, and grading. They did an amazing job! 5/5, highly recommended to anyone!

Greg G.

If you are having water problems in your basement or house...CALL PARKS WATERPROOFING! Jody listens, takes detailed notes, then lays out a plan of attack to eliminate the issue. We made the mistake of hiring a General Contractor first because they had the time to come out sooner than Parks. Big mistake that cost my parents a great deal of money. Believe me, wait for Parks. It is worth the wait. Even though Parks was busy, he updated us weekly with a spreadsheet showing us exactly where we were on his list. We never had to call him. After he fixed our problem, which required a great deal of digging and grading, his team came out and landscaped those areas and planted grass seed. My parent's yard has never looked this good. My only complaint is that Jody will not tell me what his seed blend is or sell it to me. JODY, what is your secret??? I highly recommend Parks Waterproofing and on a personal note, Jody is a good man. He actually cares about his customer. Regards, Greg

Susan T.

Wow! These guys are AMAZING! We had a huge problem in our crawl space. They assessed the problem, made recommendations, and gave us the estimate. They totally explained everything so we had an understanding of what would happen. They were here for over a week, did extensive work inside and out of the crawl space, including installing a sump pump with WiFi alarm, and rerouted some exterior drain pipes. They cleaned up after themselves too! Their customer service is absolutely incredible, before/during/and after! I give them a 5 star rating, but in reality, they are a PERFECT 10!!!

Dave W.

Very professional firm from beginning to end. Responded in a timely manner in the beginning answering questions and providing a quote. Once we signed the contract they promptly scheduled the work. The did quality work on time and in budget (didn’t come back asking for more money). This particular project was challenging due to terrain and confined spaces but they made the job look easy. They also cleaned up very good at the end. Excellent service!

Emily N.

These guys are AMAZING! Very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and reasonably priced! We can’t say enough good things about them! Problem solved in a very thorough and comprehensive way!!! Highly recommend them!!!!

Jeff H.

I would like to recommend Parks’ Waterproofing Company. I have been having water issues for some time now and called Jody out to take a look at the problem. During his assessment he was able to determine that a much cheaper solution was my best option. I appreciate Jody’s honesty and integrity by not taking advantage of the situation and telling me the more expensive option was the only way to fix the problem. His honesty saved me literally thousands of dollars.

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