Prepare Your Home For Rain Storms
With nothing but rain for what seems like forever in our future forecast, we thought now would be a good time to review some things you can do to prepare your home for these heavy rainstorms.
Check Your Roof
The roof is the most obvious entry point for rain. Inspect your roof and check for leaks. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, hire a professional.
Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
When your gutters and downspouts get clogged, it can cause water to over flow, spilling onto walls and footings. Make sure to keep your gutters and downspouts clear to prevent water damage to your home.
Inspect Your Siding
Check for cracks, holes, or anywhere rain can leak through. You can seal up leaks with caulk.
Seal Windows and Doors
Making sure your windows and doors have a tight seal will not only prevent leaks, it will also help control the temperature inside your home.
Cover Outdoor Equipment
Put tarps over any exposed outdoor equipment, such as furniture, barbecues, or firewood. Make sure to secure the tarps with heavy bricks or rocks.
Consider a Generator
Often times heavy rainstorms come with heavy winds. Winds can damage power lines, leaving your home without power. A portable emergency generator can help provide enough power to a few essential appliances, such as your refrigerator. You don't want all that food to spoil!
Trim Your Trees
When trees become laden with rainwater, limbs can become heavy and break, potentially causing damage to your home.
Prepare For The Worst
Make sure to have an emergency supply kit. In the case of severe flooding, you may need to temporarily relocate. Have an emergency kit on hand packed with the essentials you'll need in the event of an emergency evacuation.