Check your gutters before a storm.
Did you know that a large percentage of damage homes suffer during a rain storm or hurricane is to the roof? Keeping your gutters clear and in good condition can help reduce the amount of damage your roof receives and how much water seeps into your home. The more prepared your are, the less damage you will have to face.
Here are some tips on how to prepare your roof gutters before a rain storm/hurricane:
- Get out your ladder. Go around your house and make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris. This is a top tip from every government agency and safety service. By late fall, it’s likely more than half full of leaves that have fallen and they’ve clogged your gutters. Add a lot of rain, and it’s a receipt for water in your basement, leaky ceilings, and more.
- Extend you downspouts. Keeping water away from your foundation is critical when there is a lot of rain. A downspout that only extends the length of the curve can be dangerous. Even one that extends three feet isn’t good enough. Downspout extenders or even length of downspout attached to the downspout elbow can keep the ground around your home from getting over saturated. Water can seep through the walls of your foundation if the ground gets too wet.
- Check your window wells. Cover them if you can keep out excess water and debris. If a gutter were to clog, it’s often a window well that fills with water first. The seals around the windows won’t keep water from pouring into your home. Keep a bucket handy and check your window wells often during the storm. A little preemptive bailing can keep from a wet basement.
- Be courteous and don’t dump your leaves in the street. After gutter cleaning, you may want to dump all those leaves out to the street for pick up. Do your street storm drains a big help by not dumping them out there just yet. You’ll wind up putting a strain on local resources and services that, in a situation like this, should be going to more important issues. Storm drains will clog if the streets are taxed with extra leaves. They also make it more difficult to get to power lines or downed trees.
- Protect stuff in your basement. If there are places around your home prone to flood occasionally, even if you have dealt with your gutters before the storm, make sure you get them off of the ground.
Water damage after the storm can be devastating. Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.