5 Rain Preparation Tips to Prevent Water Damage

Published by Eric Bustamante on April 1st 2015

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season

The rainy season is here, which means homeowners can begin prepping their homes for the next powerful storm. Here are 5 simple steps to prepare your home for the rainy season:

1.) Make Sure your Roof is Rain Season Ready
Getting your home ready for the rainy season includes inspecting your roof for missing, cracked, or loose shingles. A damaged roof can lead to excess moisture getting into your property, which can cause water damage and weaken essential structures like walls and ceilings. Untreated water damage can then cause mold growth so making sure your roof is rain season-ready is extremely important.

2.) Clean Out those Gutters and Downspouts

A building’s gutters get clogged with debris, leaves, and other objects and if they are not routinely cleaned out. As a result, excess rain water collects in them which increases the chances of water damage from a ceiling or roof leak. Cleaning out your gutters as well as pointing downspouts away from your home can go a long way toward keeping rain water out of your property.

3.) Have Buckets and Pails Ready to Collect Rain

You never know when an unexpected roof leak will occur, so it is best to be prepared by having pails and buckets ready to collect excess rain water during a storm. Make sure they are sturdy and won’t leak or spill onto porous surfaces in your home like carpets and hardwood floors because even a small amount of stagnate water can cause mold or mildew to grow and multiply.

4.) If Flooding is Expected, Move Valuables to Higher Ground

Pay attention to your local weather. If heavy rain or flooding is expected, move valuables, possessions and furniture in your home to higher ground when possible. If your home or apartment is only one floor use your best judgment when choosing a safe location for your belongings. Cabinets, closets and your attic are all great choices.

5.) Stock Up on Food, Water, and Emergency Supplies

In case of a power outage, stock up on emergency items like non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, candles, and a first aid kit. Additionally, make sure your pets are safe and have food. Also, remember to grab important emergency information, as well as any flood insurance documents.

If you need additional assistance after a storm or suffer water damage from roof leaks, ceiling problems, or any other unexpected emergency, pick up the phone and call 911 Restoration right away!