Could Spring Showers Bring Your Home More Than Flowers?
Spring is almost here, and the changing season is always so exciting. You can finally put away for good the heavy coats you used once or twice and start planning to spend more time outside. While you do, think about how to best protect your home from the heavy rains and severe storms that come along with the toastier temperatures.
If you start spring-cleaning inside, make a list of things to do outside as well. Our area is prone to strong, windy storms so the more we can do to protect it, the less damage we will be at risk for.
As the chill of winter leaves us behind, we need to look at any areas of our home that could have built-up debris. The rainy winter and the freezing temperatures we experienced a while back could have led to blocked gutters. When your gutters and downspouts are not clear, water can spill over onto your roof and leak into your attic.
You should also take the time to check exterior vents around your home. HVAC vents and dryer vents are susceptible to blockages from piled-up debris or ice, and if not cleared out, they could become a fire hazard.
Even if you only covered your outside faucets for that week of the deep freeze, take a look at them now for cracks or drips. Check pipes that run through the garage or other exterior locations as well in order to catch and fix problems promptly.
Although our winter is usually pretty mild in temperature, the rain we experience keeps a lot of us indoors for most of the season. This can make it challenging to catch problems starting in your roof or around your foundation.
Inspect your roof during a week with moderate temperatures to check for cracks in stucco or loose shingles. Make sure there are no gaps in your gutter system or any other visible damages.
A small problem can quickly become a big one, so the faster you are able to deal with an issue the better.
Your lower level is another area you want to address ahead of the rainy season. If you have a sump pump, inspect it to ensure it is working properly. Check for blocked drains or hoses to ensure that water has a clear path out in order to keep your foundation dry.
Get your emergency kit out and switch out any seasonal items. Spend time practicing you emergency plans with your family, and update batteries in flashlights.
Make sure you have two ways of receiving weather alerts, including one that does not require external power to work. Update your communication plans as well so that you know how to reach everyone in an emergency situation.
Even when your home is prepared, you could take on water during a storm. SERVPRO is available with the professionals and the equipment needed to start drying out your home 24⁄7. It is our goal to save as much of your property as possible so that you can get back home safer and faster.
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