How to Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season
Spring is coming, but before we can experience the warm, sunny days it has to offer, we'll likely have to endure some rain. The last thing you want to deal with is a flooded basement or leaks in your ceilings. Here's how to make sure your home is ready to weather the storm.
Your home's gutters help catch rainfall and ensure that it stays far away from the foundation of your home. However, they can't effectively perform their job if they're clogged with ice or debris that piled up over the course of the seasons. Clean gutters by spraying a hose through them from the bottom up. You can also use a trowel to scoop out anything that's clogging your gutters, or purchase a cleaning tool specifically designed for your gutters and attach it to your hose.
Check for Signs of Leakage
Before the rainy season begins, it's crucial that you check your home for signs of leakage. It's best to fix a leak early on, as leaving it to worsen could result in flooding, mold and mildew, and even collapsed ceilings. Scan your ceilings for water marks and look for peeling paint. You should also venture outside of your home and look at your roof for telltale signs. Check out the ridges and see if there are any cracks. Look for loose, curled or missing shingles, which can signal roof damage and allow water to enter the home.
Seal Windows and Doors
Aside from your roof, your windows and doors are also ways that water can enter the home. Make sure that they open and shut properly and that they're completely sealed. Even a tiny gap that can't be seen might let in some water if you're not careful. If your windows are on the newer side, you might not have to worry about sealing them, but older ones should definitely be inspected. Not only will this help keep out water, but it will also improve your energy efficiency. When your windows properly protect your home from the outside elements, you can more easily and efficiently heat and cool your home. The same care should be performed on doors to ensure that water is kept outdoors and your home is left nice and dry.
Get Your Basement Inspected
Basement flooding is a major concern anytime there's significant rainfall. It can be a nightmare to go downstairs and be greeted with inches of water. Even a small amount of water can cause serious issues, whether it causes electrical damage or mold and mildew. Be sure to consult with a professional who can inspect your basement and best help you prepare for heavy rainfall.
Prepare for Flooding
When it comes to the potential of flooding, it's better to be safe than sorry. Make a few tweaks to the inside of your home so if the worst does occur and you get water in your home, the damage is minimal. Keep electronics high off the floor and place them far away from windows. Consider mounting your television if it's not already, and keep laptops and tablets stored on shelves that won't be affected by water that might find its way inside your home. Keep mops within reach, and consider investing in a water vacuum if you expect flooding to occur.
Once your home is protected from the rainy elements, you can kick back and relax. Many find the rain to be soothing and peaceful, so capitalize on that feeling and prepare for a nice, lazy day. Put on your favorite movie, make some tasty snacks and cozy up with the Sunbeam® Renue™ Tension Relief Heating Pad. Simply place it on your shoulders and let it keep you comfortable all season long.