Preventing Rain Damage to Your Home

Your home is always a victim in a rain storm.  While some damage may go unnoticed in the last storm, there are a few precautions you should take if you hear about another rain storm coming your way.   Rain gutters should be free of debris so they do not clog, since a clogged rain gutter causes water to run over its edges and water will fall around the walls and foundation.  Over time, your gutters may also become loose, causing water to flow improperly and diverting it into the space left between the house and the gutter.  It is very important to check the gutters to prevent any water flow into the house, as well.   However, even the houses of the most diligent homeowners can suffer from damage because no one can predict how powerful the next storm can be.

Your home may not come out unscathed during the next rainstorm. Here are some precautions you should take to protect your home before the next storm.Water leaks in the home, while subtle in appearance, maybe more damaging than anticipated once investigated.   Some water might come through the walls or ceilings, forming bubbles of water under the paint.  Also, water could get into the house through the roof and stay in the attic with no signs of water damage.  If water damage in the house goes unnoticed, toxic mold may grow and wood could get water logged, becoming weak and structurally unsound.  Mold in homes can become dangerous if it begins to grow, producing allergens, irritants, and potentially toxic substances.  Indoors, mold cannot be eliminated completely.  Your best your best plan of attack is to clean up the mold and fix the water problem.  Wood that has become weak and structurally unsound from water damage can be very dangerous.   It can collapse more easily in another disaster, or if it is simply walked on.  The best thing you can do to protect your home is to keep up with the work on your home, such as cleaning the rain gutters, checking your sump pump, and other drains around your house.

The YouTube video, below, shows what you can do around the house to prevent storm water damage to your home.

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Taylor P.
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