A heavy rainstorm can cause a great deal of destruction. Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent or at least minimize water damage. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways you can prepare your property during an extreme weather event.
Check Your Roof for Problem Areas
Don’t allow your roof to become a weak point. Getting a professional inspection will highlight any potential problems so that they can be repaired before excessive damage occurs.
A roofing expert can verify whether or not your roof will hold up under extreme conditions, such as severe winds, heavy rains, and hail. Even something as small as a few missing shingles can lead to costly damage.
After the storm passes, examine your attic for water. You can trace the water to a compromised spot on the roof. Bring in a professional roofer to have it repaired immediately.
Update Your Gutter System
A properly functioning gutter system is one of your home’s primary defenses against water damage.
A gutter diverts water away from your home, preventing water from pooling around the foundation. It also prevents rot along the fascia, protects your siding and preserves your landscaping.
If your gutter system is on its last leg, now is the time to update it. Loose gutters aren’t able to properly channel water away. Meanwhile, clogged gutters can cause rainwater to flow back into your home, so keep them free of debris.
Get a Sump Pump
In the event that your crawlspace floods, a sump pump will immediately pump water to the closest storm drain. A secondary sump pump is also are smart measure. This backup unit will take over if the main pump becomes overwhelmed.
Consider Trent Drains
Depending upon the level of your surrounding property, you may need to have a trench drain installed. This will help make storm-water runoff less of a problem.
Bottom line: Should your home suffer any damage after a storm, contact Alpha 1 Restoration at (281) 853-8634. We have more than 60 years of combined experience, specializing in roof repair, siding replacement, gutter installation, and water extraction and removal.