With the old adage “Rain Rain Go Away” on the minds of many coastside residents this past week, The Rain Team is here to help your problems go away and to give you some useful tips to help during the stormy weather. After heavy amounts of rainfall and strong winds hitting the coast over the past week, homeowners need to inspect their homes for any signs of damage. Here are a few things every homeowner needs to do as a result of all the storms we have had recently.
Inspect For Standing Water
Dependent on the grades and slopes around your coastside home, there may be standing water underneath it due to the heavy rain and winds we have recently experienced. Standing water underneath your home could cause structural problems. If you find that you have standing water under your home contact a foundation specialist.
Strong winds can damage your home’s roof. Inspect your roof for any broken or missing tiles. Have any damage fixed as soon as possible to prevent water from finding its way into your home causing further damage.
If debris found its way into your gutters during the storms, they could be clogged. Inspect your gutters for debris and damage. If your gutters are clogged it could lead to water finding its way under the eaves and down the exterior walls of your home. Remove any debris from gutters. It may be time to replace them if they are dipping.
Your home’s sump pump draws water that collects beneath your home and pushes it away from your house. If you have a sump pump in your home, test it by pouring water down it and it should pump it right back out. If it doesn’t, it could be backed up or broken and needs to be fixed to prevent flooding in your home.
Shrubs around your home that have grown out of control could have caused damage to your home during the recent storms. Inspect your home’s exterior for any damage from shrubs and then trim them. Now would also be a good time to prune tree branches that hang over your home to prevent them from falling on your home during future storms.
If your lawn has a steep slope you may have a French drain system - or need one. The job of a French drain is to manage the water at ground level. After a storm you want to make sure that the screen vents near your home have not become loose or have holes in them. Inspect your French drains for clogged debris.
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