There’s not much time left in April, but as May approaches, it can still be rainy. Since your home can suffer water damage when you least expect it, you need to do whatever you can to keep it safe. Here are some helpful tips for getting your home ready for the next downpour on a rainy day. Rain, rain, go away!
Clean the Gutters
The first thing to do is to clean out the gutters. When the gutters are too clogged, the rainwater won’t drain and will be left to pool on your roof, damaging the shingles. If you didn’t do this during the winter months, it’s not too late to get it done now.
Repair the Roof
Once you’ve emptied out the gutters, you will need to pay some attention to the state of your roof. If any shingles have been damaged, then you should fix them. Depending on how severe the damage is, however, you might have to replace them. Take a look around your roof and see if anything else is damaged and needs maintenance, but when you do, don’t go alone. Have a friend or neighbor hold the ladder steady for you. Shingles can also go missing when they are loose enough because they will be blown away by strong winds. You’ll need to fill them in before leaks in your roof begin to spread water damage throughout your attic and the rest of your home.
Look for Leaks
Speaking of which, continue walking through your home looking for leaks. Besides the roof, you’ll probably find leaks in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. By doing this, you can prevent the growth of mold and mildew and stop flooding from ruining your carpets. If the paint on the walls has started to peel or you see unusual watermarks that were never there before, then these are two signs of a leak forming or widening.
Seal Doors and Windows
Make sure that weatherstripping and other sealants are protecting your doors and windows. This measure can prevent water from being blown into your house by the wind. Closing the gaps will help.
Check the Basement
Finally, it’s time to go into the basement again. Although you can give it another look, it’s essential that you hire water damage and restoration experts such as the professionals at Hydro Clean to inspect your home’s basement before the next storm arrives.
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