How to Prevent Heavy Rain Damage

February 24, 2020

 

 

With all of the rain we’ve been getting in the Birmingham area recently, the potential of water damage to your home has risen. Did you know meteorologists say that once the level of precipitation has exceeded 0.30 inches per hour, it’s classified as “heavy rain”? There are a multitude of problems that can occur to your home from extended periods of heavy rain and you’ll want to take a good look around your home to make sure you don’t have any damage.

 

Take a look for roof leaks in the attic, water in the basement or crawlspace, wet walls and also check for issues with your landscaping that have caused standing water near the foundation of your home or are allowing too much water to run towards your home. These issues can be some of the costliest home repairs you could face. You can learn more about these issues and what all to look for here.

 

Before heavy rains are predicted to come in, there are some precautionary measures you can take to help keep your home and family safe. Checking your home for cracks and other areas that water could enter should also be at the top of your list! Whether it’s with cracked caulking, pipes, or missing shingles from the roof. 

 

It’s also important to check your drainage and make sure that all downspouts are directed away from the house, get your gutters cleaned regularly, and cut away any close branches that hang low near your roof. Fixing what seems like the smallest of issues can help save you a lot of money in the long run! 

 

If you haven’t scheduled your annual home inspection yet, now’s the perfect time to do so! With spring and summer on the horizon, we’re almost guaranteed even more rain. An annual home inspection from Jones Warren can help you find issues before they get worse! All building materials age and deteriorate over time, especially on the exterior of a home, and it's easy to miss the early signs of problems. If you’re looking for a home inspector to perform an annual home inspection in Birmingham, AL, give us a call today! 205.607.0031

 

 

Resources: 

https://www.rytechinc.com/blog/how-can-heavy-rains-damage-my-home/

https://www.2-10.com/blog/preventing-damage-to-your-home-from-heavy-rain/


 

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