Your home protects you from the elements, but heavy rains can weaken that protection. With a little maintenance and a healthy dose of vigilance, you can stay safe and dry.
Spring rainstorms are a fact of life in many areas of the country which makes this the perfect time to start thinking about your home. These are some measures to prevent problems from happening during the next downpour!
Where is all that rain going?
Your roof and gutters form a key line of defense for your home – and in a storm, they’re vulnerable, because so many things can damage them. Trees, hail, and other objects can create weaknesses that might lead to leaks in your roof, check for missing shingles and other issues. And keep your gutters clear so all that water drains properly.
Are you checking everywhere?
Water dripping from the ceiling is hard to miss. Water in your crawl space, however, can easily go undetected because hardly anyone ever checks there. Don’t forget to look down there after a storm to make sure everything is nice and dry.
And don’t just look up – another place to check is your home’s exterior, whether it’s siding, brick, or another material. Weak spots can be hard to see, so look at various times of the day in different lighting conditions.
Of course, you’ll want to make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed to keep the elements out, too.
What about around your property?
Storm water has to go somewhere, and if your property doesn’t drain well, or if runoff goes toward your foundation, you could have problems. Watch for patterns, and grade property so it drains away from your home if possible. Always be wary of hillsides and tilting trees after heavy storms, because the land might not be stable.
Don’t forget to keep storm drains clear of leaves and other debris. This can prevent flooding both on the streets and your own property.
Don’t forget to stay safe and inside during the storm, check on the outdoors after the storm has passed.
Thankfully, powerful storms only hit once in a while. Preparing for them, however, can be done any time.