This spring has brought heavy rain to the Deep Creek Lake area, some lasting for the entire day. While heavy rain isn’t something new to the area, it can impact a home, if you aren’t prepared. Water damage is often expensive, difficult and time consuming to fix, and sometimes, the cause of water entry can be tough to diagnose. With a little preparation, and foresight, you can minimize the chance that heavy rain, will negatively impact your home. Here are 12 steps, that any homeowner can take, to prevent damage from torrential downpours, and keep yourself prepared in the case of water entry into the home.
Caulk cracks around windows and doors to prevent water from seeping inside. Check old caulk every year for chips and cracks, which indicates the caulk has dried out and needs replacement.
Check trees in your yard and remove any dead branches, which could fall during heavy rain and cause damage.
Remove leaves, branches and debris from gutters and drains. Otherwise, water could overflow and rot the woodwork around the roof area.
Plug sewer traps with check valves – special valves that direct water in one direction only – thereby preventing it from backing up into your home. You can purchase these at a hardware store, or improvise by using large corks or stoppers to plug sinks and tubs in an emergency.
Lower the water level in your swimming pool, so it is less likely to overflow during heavy rain. The chlorinated pool water can be harmful to your grass.
Turn off automated sprinkler systems when rain is expected.
Stock up on sand and sandbags to fill in low areas around your home. Some local fire stations provide sandbags to residents during the rainy season.
Have a flashlight, batteries and a first aid kit on hand, in case you get stranded in your home.
Ask your local planning and zoning office whether your property is above or below the flood level, and find out if your area has a history of flooding.
Keep important documents – including insurance policies, birth certificates and passports – in an easily accessible waterproof box.
Protect basement walls by sealing them with a cement or concrete sealer.
Know how to turn your electricity off in the event your house gets flooded. Make sure not to turn it back on until everything has dried out.
As always, if you need help with any home related issue, feel free to contact us, or call our office – (301) 533.0111