How to Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season

hard rain hitting the roofThe rainy season is good for your lawn and garden, but it can cause a headache if your home has a leaky roof or basement. If your home doesn’t have proper waterproofing, rainwater will easily find its way to your home and damage your valuables. Worse, it can weaken the integrity or structure of your house.

Waterproofing your home isn’t as easy as you think. There are many things to consider inside and outside the house — from a comprehensive house inspection to a rain gutter installation by Salt Lake City contractors.  So, here are a few tips to help prepare your home for the rainy season:

Clean the Gutters

Your gutters direct rainwater away from your house. When they are clogged, water accumulates and begins finding an alternative route from the roof. It may end up going under your roof and into the house. To prevent that, remove debris that may be covering or clogging your gutter.

Inspect Your Basement

Find a professional to check your basement for structural weakness, leaks, and other weak spots, especially if you live in a generally wet area. Also, an inspection uncovers several issues, such as mildew and electrical damages.

In addition to basement inspection, make sure your sump pump is in good working order and a backup is readily available in case power goes out.

Inspect Your Roof

You aren’t through with preparing your home until you have checked the roof for missing tiles and sagging areas. Trim tree branches that are hanging close to the roof, too. Falling trees and branches can damage your roof during the storm.

The rainy season doesn’t mean flooding should occur in your home. All you need is to take proactive steps to make sure your home is ready for the heavy rains. By preparing your home, you also keep your family safe from harsh weather.

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