Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones – these are all the same weather phenomenon. The only difference is the location where the storm occurs. Wherever it is, this type of natural event brings about torrential rainfall and strong winds, which often result in severe damage and destruction to residential homes and commercial properties. We’ve talked about how qualified experts can help you in water damage restoration. Thus, it is crucial to know what the steps to take are when doing property restoration following a heavy rainfall.
According to the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season report by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), 17 tropical storms took its shape in the Atlantic Basic that year. 10 of these storms transformed into hurricanes. Six of these hurricanes grew into Category 3 and above major storms: Harvey, Jose, Maria, Irma, Lee, and Ophelia. Harvey, Maria, and Irma, which reached Category 4 hurricane level, made landfall in the U.S. and its territories all in one year.
Some of the problems that may occur after monsoons are roof damage, water damage, mold growth, and clogged drainage systems – not to mention the damage to your personal belongings and valuables. Here are some tips to help you prepare your property when the rain is headed your way.
Roof and Awning
Heavy rains and strong winds can cause severe roof damage. Schedule an annual roof inspection, so that you know that your roof is up to the task of protecting your property. If any roof problems are not immediately tended to, interior damage can occur come the next rainfall.
Some roof damage signs to watch out for are roof tiles that are shifted out of place or blown onto the ground and broken shingles. If you see any of these mishaps, correct them right away to prevent further water damage and other future significant issues from happening inside the property.
Additionally, metal awnings should be inspected after a storm. No matter how minor the damage to is, a qualified contractor should examine it. Minor repairs now can help you avoid major, costly ones in the future.
Run a metal rake over flower beds and shrubs to help loosen the soil. The dirt will absorb excess moisture. This step will only take a short while, but it will prevent rainwater from gathering in your yard and causing a small flood.
Vents and Windows
Many people forget to close their vents and windows before the rain. This simple and straightforward step will, however, save you from costly damage. Remember to check your basement, attic, and other rooms in the house that you don’t often go to and make sure to close the vents and windows.
Storm Drains and Gutters
Aside from leaves and dirt, there are other kinds of debris that can cause your gutters to be clogged up. When you make sure your gutters are clean, excess rainwater has a way to flow from the roof properly. Additionally, check storm drains and roadside grates close to your home and clear off the debris surrounding them. Pay attention to the grates especially when it starts to pour to ensure it is draining the rainwater properly.
The usual areas to check for debris are the rain gutters and storm drains along the property. If you have a basement, check the bottom of your window wells for debris; flooding is typically caused by clogged drains in window wells. When the water has nowhere to escape, it flows back into the basement area, resulting in damage that will require you to do property restoration. Aside from structural damage, you will have to deal with ruined furniture, broken appliances, sewer system blockage, and your valuables getting soaked in water. Thus, after every rainstorm, inspect your storm drains and gutters and make sure they are not obstructed.
A sump pump is often utilized in the window well to extract water that has collected in it. It will also help lessen the seepage and leakage through the window seals. However, preparation of sump pumps should be done beforehand.
Preparation Is Key
You can’t stop natural calamities and catastrophic events. However, you can prepare for when they come. Watch this space for future articles on property restoration and other helpful tips and strategies to make sure your belongings and valuables are well protected and recoverable.