Severe weather can come quicker than you expect them to. Because of that, it’s critical that you are prepared ahead of time so that you aren’t caught in a storm. Water damage cleanup is the last thing you need to deal with, so preparing sooner than later is imperative.
Depending on where you live in the world, severe storms may mean that heavy rains are coming your way. Heavy rains cause excess water to not be able to be absorbed in the ground, leading to floods in our yards. Floods like this can lead to floods in the basement, bringing damage to the home and foundation. To avoid problems like this, you need to find solutions to manage stormwater runoff.
A sump pump can be an incredibly useful item in your home to prevent water damage from occurring inside the home, particularly if there are regular floods in your area. The equipment is one that is installed in a shallow pit in the basement that can drive any water that makes it into the home outside. Once the pit becomes full of water, it is pumped out of the home through pipes. Sump pumps are incredible tools for basements with any excess water and can potentially save homes from water damage.
Gutters are a huge preventative component outside of houses, as they are made to steer rainwater off the roof and away from your home. This measure cannot be used, however, if the gutters are clogged with debris. You will need to clean them out often, at least twice a year depending on the amount of wind and foliage around your property. Make sure that before a storm hits that the gutters are completely free of blockage. Additionally, it is important that the downspouts are faced in the right direction, steering the water away from your home. The gutter’s efforts are fruitless if the downspouts are not also doing the job they were designed for.
Any crack or hole present in the home can let in water, no matter how big or small. Before a storm rolls around, go around your home and look at all the doors, windows, floors, ceilings, and roofs to see if there are any imperfections that could potentially let water in. Most cracks or holes can be filled with different types of caulk or sealant that are designated for that specific problem. If you are able to look at the foundation of your home and you find any cracks, you can fill those with concrete patching.
These are great preventative measures that you can take before a storm comes in to stop as much water damage as possible. Though these are simple solutions, you can ease your mind and let go of some stress by allowing professionals to get the job done for you. The professionals at Kade Cleaning Systems want to make sure that you are taken care of. Whether you ask for help or do it on your own, it’s important to take the proper steps to ensure that water damage does not affect your home.