Heavy rains could be a disaster to home owners as it's the leading cause of flooded basements. In the case that the water stays for 24 to 48 hours, you could face new problems such as mold, rust and dangerous situations such as live power lines, debris, etc.
1) Watch the exterior
Start from the outside of your house by fixing roof leaks, clearing rain gains, and trimming tree branches that might fall on the house. It’s even better to make further extension of your rain gutter going down to direct water away from your home especially during a storm.
2) Keep water flowing away
Ensure that downspouts and gutters in your home are all free form debris. Also check the water flow if it’s several feet farther from the foundation. Do an inspection when rain comes and see where the water is draining to figure out the problem.
Make sure gutters and downspouts are free from debris and check that the water is flowing several feet away from the foundation to keep away water. When it rains, do an inspection by walking around your property to locate where the water is draining and you may find a problem.
Over-taxed septic tanks and clogged sewers can be a great problem during heavy rainfall. To be certain, clean and inspect your septic tank and sewer every time the season starts. Consider an installment of a sub-pump in order to drain standing water in case of flooding.
4) Examine your foundation
Cracks or small holes in the foundation can be a way for water to enter you house. Just a few inches of rainwater from a heavy and continuous raining can results to interior damage to drywall, carpets, and wood floors. Remember to check your basement door for possible cracks as well.
5) Review your policy
Take time reviewing your insurance policy to take note the details for the covered things, when there is damage inflicted in your basement. This is a good way to be aware.
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