Protect Your Property From April Showers
You know the May flowers will come eventually, but it’s the April showers that you’re probably starting to think about right now. It’s good that you’re planning ahead, because a wet April can cause all kinds of problems for home and business owners who don’t prepare for the coming downpours, not to mention the snow and ice piles that may still be melting. To help with your preparations, we’ll show you how to protect your property from April showers with these easy tips.
Get your appliances off the floor, especially if they’re in a basement or even on the ground level. This goes for the outdoors, too – if you have a generator, for example, make sure that it isn’t sitting directly on the ground. Anything valuable in the home should also be on shelves, and ideally not in the basement at all. This is especially the case for any essential paper records.
This may sound silly now, but if a flooding situation arises due to excessive rains, you might save yourself thousands of dollars in water damage by keeping some sandbags on hand. If you don’t have dirt or sand to fill them with, most local home improvement stores have bags of sand for a few bucks apiece.
Don’t assume that your current policy has this included! Wind and hail damage are more likely to be covered than flooding. So dig out the details of that homeowners policy and ask your insurance company to clarify if you’re unsure.
Your foundation drain, or “weeping tile,” needs to be periodically checked to make sure is working properly. Contact a licensed plumber if you’re not knowledgeable or trained. This kind of inspection could pay for itself many times over if there is a problem with the drain that you don’t realize exists until a big rain. Your plumber can also advise you about installing a backwater valve to prevent groundwater and even sewage from coming back into your basement. Imagine the nightmare of a sewer cleanup in your lower level! The good news is you can avoid it.
Check this critical piece of equipment in your basement or crawl space. If it’s not working, you’ll probably have to spend a couple hundred dollars to replace it, but think about the thousands you’ll be saving by avoiding a flooding situation. Standing water in your home’s lower level can lead to all sorts of water damage problems, and even air quality issues throughout the rest of your home. Wood rot, mold and costly water damage to your foundation are three problems you’ll avoid by taking this simple step to prepare for the rainy spring season.
Gutters and Downspouts
While we’re on the topic of your home’s foundation, it’s essential to check your gutters and downspouts to ensure that water isn’t pooling around the perimeter of your home. If water like this is left unchecked, it can cause cracks in the foundation and seep into your basement. Replacing or fixing gutters and downspouts will be a tiny expense compared to fixing a foundation problem! If your home doesn’t have proper grading to take groundwater away from the foundation, then you’ll want to be especially attentive to this potential problem.
These are a great, environmentally friendly way to catch all that runoff from your rooftops and avoid flooding issues. (You’ll obviously just need to check them periodically if heavy rains occur to make sure that they don’t overflow.)
Roof and Attic
Over the winter, snow and ice may have caused damage to your shingles, so give your roof a good inspection, both from outside and inside the attic. While you’re in the attic, you also want to make sure to check for any evidence of leaks over the winter from ice dams or other problems that may have developed as warm air ascended into the attic and condensed on surfaces. This type of situation can lead to long-term issues like mold, wood rot, and diminished air quality throughout the house.
If your area has had a spell of early spring rains and you need help with a flooding issue, take heart! The professional moisture control and water damage restoration technicians at AdvantaClean are standing by to put our decades of experience to work for your home and business. We don’t rest until every drop of unwanted moisture is eliminated from your property, leaving a clean, dry and healthy place to live and work. Give us a call today!
More info? To learn more on protecting your home from water damage, read one of our other posts: SIX QUICK TIPS FOR WATER DAMAGE PREVENTION!