It’s impossible to predict the weather. Even with the most up-to-date weather forecasting technologies, we’re still struggling to get it right. This is especially true when we look forward to the rainy season. While some parts of the nation are in drought, others are due for heavy rains. Even Rochester may be subject to flooding. Since flood damage is so difficult to recover from, it’s probably better to rely on a bit of prevention than our intuitions about the future. Not even the Farmer’s Almanac is a substitute for the flood-prevention tips we have assembled here.
Clean the Gutters
Flood prevention begins at the top. In this case, the roof of the house can be the key to preventing a flooded basement. Be sure to clean out your gutters and make sure the downspouts have extensions that direct the water clear of your home. If your local government allows, you might even set up a water catchment system to store rainwater for use during the dry season. When you’re inspecting and cleaning the gutters, you might also check on things like the fascia boards they’re affixed to as well as the soffit under the eaves.
Steer Water Away
If you live on a sloped piece of land, ideally the land will slope away from your house, but this is not always the case. If water is able to run downhill towards your home, it is in danger of flooding, particularly during the rainy season. To prevent flood damage, you might want to install a French drain system that can capture the water and divert it away from the home. A good old-fashioned ditch might also do the trick, especially if you’re in an area that is known for heavy and prolonged rains. Given the recent extremes in weather, it’s probably best to prepare for the worst and hope that you’ve over shot.
Now that you’ve taken care of any external vulnerabilities your house may have, inspect the interior. Keep watching for any leaks in the roof or cracks in the foundation. Do a regular inspection of your roof from the inside and outside. If you suspect that water might be leaking inside the walls always investigate where the leak is coming from.
Flooding may also result from faulty pipes, which might not show immediate signs of leaks. If your water bill seems to be suddenly higher than it should be, you may have a leak somewhere. Also be sure to prevent broken pipes during the winter by insulating pipes and keeping a slight drip running when you go out of town.
You will also want to make sure that your insurance is up to date and includes coverage for water events. Discuss flooding with your family and make sure they know where to contact a company to manage any flood clean-up.
Found a leak or water damage and need help cleaning it up? Call Rapid Dry Services. We’ll get your house back to normal in no time!