Interior Water Damage

How To Safeguard Your Property To Prevent Interior Damages From Springtime Storms

Protecting a home from rain damage during heavy springtime rains is an important part of maintenance and upkeep. Water can cause all kinds of damage when it is not properly safeguarded against, like wood rot, mold, siding damage, and leaky roofs. Dealing with interior water damage can be expensive and timely, and it only gets worse when you discover you have a mold issue. The first step in safeguarding against rain is prevention.

The most important safeguard against rain damage is installing a properly functioning gutter system. Gutters collect runoff from the roof and send it down a spout to the ground. Any leaves and debris that clogs the gutters will cause rain water to drain from the roof improperly. It is always a good idea before rainy seasons, to clean the gutter and make sure there is no debris. The easy way to do this is by running water from the garden hose through the gutter system and making sure that it comes out the downspout properly.

Before the rainy season starts, it is also important to make sure your roof is in good shape and that none of the shingles are damaged. Damaged shingles can cause leaks that lead to much larger problems. Replacing damaged shingles before the rainy season starts will prevent you from experiencing a sudden leak. Shingles can become worn and damaged from hail stones or low-hanging branches that rub against the roof. To prevent wear from branches, always make sure to trim them back each year. To check for worn out shingles, you can inspect the roof by getting on top of the house and walking around and taking a good look up close.

Heavy rains can also cause water damage if your chimney isn’t in tip top condition. You should always carefully inspect the chimney to make sure it is ready for the rainy season. It is important to make sure that there are no gaps or holes between any of the bricks where water can leak through. Another good idea is to make sure to waterproof the bricks of a chimney when it is being built. Using a chimney cap is a good idea during the spring because it will guard against the heavy rains and deflect the water to the outside of the home. Make sure the seal between the chimney and the roof itself is in good condition and replace it immediately if not. This should be done before the rainy season sets in. Have your roof inspected by a professional team like ABC Roofing.

Doors and windows should also be inspected before the spring rains set in. All doors and windows should be properly installed and have some type of covering to protect them. There should be no flaws visible in the seals and any cracks should be filled with waterproof caulking. Weatherstrips also help to keep rain from entering the house around the windows and doors and provide an extra step in safeguarding your home.

Safeguarding the home against heavy rains is something that should be done to prevent possible damage caused by the water. Mold, leaking roofs, rotten wood and mildew are just some of the consequences of water damage. It is important to make sure your roof, chimney, doors, windows and gutters are in working order before the first heavy rain of the season.

Contributions to this article were provided by NRN services, a leading disaster cleanup and repair firm that helps property owners recover from flooding, storms and water damage disasters.


August 2016
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