Whether it’s a freak storm and hurricane winds or a consistent downpour throughout the season, water can do serious damage to your property. Leaky roofs and flooded basements are time-consuming and inconvenient, not to mention costly. As spring approaches, be prepared for stormy weather with these three tips.
1. Clear your eavestroughs.
Take the time to clear out leaves, debris and other junk from your gutters each season. Heavy rains can lead to serious damage if the water doesn’t drain properly. If you can’t get to your roof safely, contact a professional and consider setting up regular maintenance appointments.
2. Check your downspouts.
Downspouts direct the water from your roof, into eavestroughs and away from the house, helping prevent damage to your home’s structure. Pooled water can cause expensive damage – extensions and splash pads are essential to help ensure water doesn’t collect inside or near the home’s foundation.
3. Get extra coverage.
Installing screen guards over your eavestroughs helps prevent debris from accumulating, decreasing the need for regular maintenance. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you may need a sump pump, a device that removes collected water typically found in basements. A sump pump helps push water out of oversaturated lands. Just be sure to maintain the pump regularly to ensure optimal performance.
It’s always a good idea to make sure you understand your insurance coverage and your home!