7 Ways To Prepare Your Home For the Next Rain Storm (more is coming!)
This winter, LA has been hit with rain storm after rain storm. And while we welcome all of this rain after years of drought, too much rain can present an array of problems for homeowners. The question is, are you prepared? Keep your family dry and avoid pricey repair costs by taking these 7 steps.
- Get your roof ready for the rains.Inspect your roof along the ridge and where your shingles fold over to form the cap. Inspect any areas with a downward slope and make sure that the sheet metal flashing does not have any holes or rusty spots. If you have any missing, loose or curled shingles, replace them as soon as possible to avoid moisture leaks that can weaken your wall and/or ceilings.
- Take a look at your gutters to make sure that they drain well and don’t cause water to back up. Also make sure that there are not a lot of little granules collecting in there. Granules in your gutter are a sign that your roof’s coating needs to be resealed. Make sure that you don’t have any down pipe clogs.
- Work from the inside out. Inside your home, check out your ceilings to make sure that you are not experiencing signs of roof or other leakage. Be on the lookout for water rings, mold or wall or ceiling discoloration. Make any necessary repairs to fix the issue and prevent it from happening again during the upcoming rainy season.
- Tackle your doors and your windows. Make sure that both close and seal properly; make any repairs or improvements as necessary.
- Consider purchasing hurricane socks to help absorb water that leaks into garages, basements or in through windows or doors. Hurricane socks were developed to help you by being a reusable tool to soak up one gallon of water at a time. You can even dry them out faster by putting them in your clothing washer on spin cycle.
- Make sure that dead branches have been cleared from around your house. Remove dead or rotting tree branches that could fall and cause injury or damage. This will reduce the risk that they will fall during the storm and damage your home.
- Consider the use of sandbags to put into the low areas around your house to help keep flood water at bay. Sandbags are a great flood prevention technique that’s simple, but still effective. Make sure to stagger the sandbags, placing them to shape around each other tightly.
Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to flood prevention!