09 May It’s Going to Rain. Are You Cleaning the Gutters??
Spring has finally come to town! It’s so nice to have warmer weather and some sunshine but with that also comes a lot of rain. Don’t get me wrong, rain is good, it helps the outdoors green up and make our flowers grow. But when the rain gets heavy it’s time to think about the potential impact all that water has on your home.
The first step is finding and fixing any immediate problems as soon as it’s safe to do so. You‘ll want to take measures to prevent those problems from happening during the next heavy downpour.
Check your roof and gutters. These two things are a key line of defense for your home. In a storm, however, many things can damage them. Fallen trees or branches, hail and other objects can cause weaknesses that might lead to leaks. Check your roof for any missing shingles and keep your gutters clear so that all water drains properly.
Look down after a storm. It’s only natural for us to look up to see if water is dripping from the ceiling but what about water in your crawlspace or basement? If you do see moisture, get a sump pump going as soon as possible.
Your home’s exterior. Whether your home’s exterior is brick, siding, or another material, look for weak spots at various times of the day because they can be difficult to spot. How old is your caulk? Of course you need to check to see if your windows and doors are properly sealed to keep water out too.
How about your yard? Storm water has to go somewhere and you don’t want it running towards your foundation or else you’ll have problems. Make sure your yard it graded properly and don’t forget to keep your property clear of leaves and other debris to prevent flooding.
When a storm hits stay inside. Now is not the time to check the roof or exterior unless there’s an emergency and you know it’s safe to go outside. Monitor from the inside and check for any water. If there is, do what you can to alleviate the issue even if it means putting a bucket down to collect the water. If serious flooding occurs in your basement you should not go down there for fear of getting trapped, electrocuted, or even drowned.
If you do experience any damage to your home call your insurance agent as soon as possible to begin the homeowner’s claim process. Thankfully, powerful storms only hit here once in a while. Preparing for them, however, should be done on a regular basis because the next one could be here tomorrow.
Source: Safeco Insurance
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