What to Do When the Rain Comes Pouring In | SERVPRO of North Huntington
A soft spring rain, a severe summer thunderstorm, or a fierce fall coastal storm or hurricane can drum up all kinds of water issues for your home and property. While the rain may be a welcome respite from otherwise humid or unpleasant conditions, it can also bring a deluge of water into your home that leaves you with a lot of damage and just as many questions.
While Mother Nature is unpredictable and you can’t completely prevent water issues from occurring, you can certainly be proactive in checking for signs of leaking or water troubles before they become bigger problems.
Our SERVPRO of North Huntington explains more about tracking down a rainwater leak below, so check it out so be prepared for the next big storm.
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Anywhere that is connected to the outside and the elements has the potential to cause water leaks. If your home is older, chances are that your windows and doors have seen better days. Over time, windows can sag or even shrink against their window panes or cracks can appear along seals. The same goes for doors, and leaks can get up under door jambs and cause rot and mold growth.
The best way to reduce the risk of a leak around your windows and doors is to check these spaces often. Water spots or persistent moisture on your window ledge during a storm can indicate an emerging problem. Taking action quickly is key and you should consider fully replacing them or upgrading the seals.
Another common location for water leaks is up on your roof. Since our roofs are the first line of defense when it comes to rain, they take on the burden of moving water down and away from our home. A single missing or broken shingle or gap along the roofline can invite a ton of water into your attic that will eventually leak and seep down the walls in your living spaces. Leaks can also occur around skylights or recessed lighting cans.
In addition, a clogged gutter can also force water to back up and pool on your roof, which can eventually force its way into your home and cause more watery chaos. Checking on your roof after every heavy wind or strong storm can help you catch any emerging issues right away so you can deal with them promptly.
Basements are notorious for experiencing water issues or floods, but that should be no surprise since they are constantly surrounded by moisture in the ground. If the rain gets heavy enough, it can saturate the earth and start to pool around your foundation. Sump pumps can help keep most of this water at bay, but sometimes it can just be too much and water will start to leak into your space.
If this happens every time it rains, it may be worth considering a professional yard grading. Moving dirt and earth to angle away from your home allows gravity to work with your home instead of against it.
Water damage can happen at any time for any reason, which is why our water damage restoration specialists are here to help. We will dry up the excess water, address repairs and handle any reconstruction needs that your home has as fast as possible.
Water damage can be extensive following a storm or other incident. Contact us right away at SERVPRO of North Huntingtonhttps://www.SERVPRO.com/locations/ny/SERVPRO-of-huntington.