With the El Nino coming up, the possibility of stormy weather has increased. So, what can you do to protect your home from water damage during the wettest time of year? Here are five tips that can help you keep your home safe from rain damage this year:
#1. Clean out your gutters
The number one way to get water backing up into your home through your roof or your foundation is clogged or incorrectly installed gutters and downspouts. Make sure your gutters are clear of debris, that your downspouts are draining properly, and that your rood drainage system is installed properly. This will help keep rain from pooling on your roof and seeping into your shingles and from penetrating your foundation.
#2. Get roof repairs done rapidly
Your roof is one place where you don’t want to scrimp. Getting roof repairs done as rapidly as possible will keep water from seeping through and creating damage inside your home.
#3. Check your sump pump
Keeping your sump pump maintained is an important part of staying prepared for storms. You don’t want your sump pump failing on you when the weather is terrible and your basement is about to flood! A good way to prevent this is checking the sump pump when the weather is nice and giving it maintenance as needed.
#4. Make sure your windows are in good condition
Cracked or poorly installed windows can break or allow water to seep in. Water seepage can cause a lot of damage over time, so don’t let things get that far. If you are worried that your windows aren’t watertight, get a specialist to take a look at them for you.
#5. Keep your trees trimmed
Heavy rain, sleet, hail, and snow can weigh down branches. If your trees aren’t trimmed properly and old or dead branches are left to languish on the tree, they could break off and cause major damage to your home. Be sure to get your trees trimmed back every year.
Your home can stay water damage free. Just keep up your yearly maintenance and fix any problems that appear. We hope you have a wonderful fall season!