Although we may be living in California, we are no strangers to rain damage. With fall approaching here are 6 quick and easy steps to prevent water from damaging your home.

 

Rain Damage Pro Tip: The best time to inspect your home is during or immediately after rainfall.

Foundation 

One of the easiest ways for water to make it inside your home is through undetected cracks. Do a loop around your property and check for any cracks and holes. Smaller cracks can be ignored, but larger ones should be repaired as soon as possible.

Exterior Paint

Once you’ve completed your foundation loop circle back around with your eyes on the property itself. Look for any bubbling, peeling or cracking paint and repair as soon as possible.

Gutters

If left unchecked gutters can create costly problems for your home. Clogged gutters can cause rotting in boards and windowsills as well as water leakage into your foundation and basement. Make sure to clear gutters of all leaves and other debris regularly so you’re safe the next time rain is in the forecast.

Downspouts

Check downspouts while it’s raining to see where they’re dumping water. If water is pooling less than five feet away from your house, redirect it with gutter extensions to prevent rain damage to your home. These can be found at your local hardware store for $10-$15 depending on their length.

Basement

In California we’re lucky if we have a pool so many of us only dream of basements, but if not taken care of properly those dreams can turn into a nightmare. Inspect your basement for any signs of water leakage on the walls and floor. After a recent rain, check the corners of your basement. Give you walls a sniff. If you detect a musty smell, you may have mold or mildew behind your walls. If you suspect this to be a serious problem call our team of experts to inspect and mitigate any further rain damage to your property.

Roof

Take a break from the first two loops you did to inspect the foundation and exterior paint and then embark on a third loop to check out your roof. Missing or worn-out roofing materials may allow water to seep into your home and damage your roofing structure. Inspect your roof at least twice a year, and after any severe storms. If you have an attic, you can look for signs of water penetration under the roof after it rains. To do this, inspect the underside of the plywood beneath your roof for any watermarks or mold.

 

Prevention and planning can save you time and money in the future. Understanding water damage can help you decide what kind of services you need and what to expect from the experts you trust.

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