One of the most natural elements needed in the environment can also cause major damages to a home. Most of us see rainwater as part of the normal cycle and harmless. However, excessive rain can cause significant water damage to a home if not directed from the exposed spots.

Water damage in a home can occur in many ways including leaks or seepage in the foundation, poorly sealed windows, and openings in the roof or siding.  Excessive rainfall can lead to considerable damage in a home as it has the potential to flood basements, ruin foundations and building materials, and contribute to mold growth.  It is important for homeowners to be aware of how rain can lead to water damage in their homes how they can prevent it.

So, what can you do?

Roof Deterioration

Without properly installed gutters, rain can collect on your roof. This can lead to the breaking down of roofing materials. In time this causes weak points along the surface of your home. Overtime, the water could potentially enter your home and leaking into the upper floors or attic.

Foundation Cracks

Just as the top of a home can be damaged by the rain, the lowest points of a home can also be affected. A home is susceptible to cracking if the rainwater that falls around a property is not properly routed away from the home

Siding Damage

Heavy rains can also cause a problem in a homes siding. It is common that after several seasons of heavy rain, many homeowners resort to expensive siding replacement. Generally this is caused by improper installation of gutters. If not corrected, the original problem will remain with water entering between the siding and the walls. If left uncorrected, this can also cause serious water damage or mold.

You can help prevent water damage from the rain in your home by taking the following actions:

Check for Proper Drainage: Effective drainage is important for making sure the rainwater drains away from your home. Inspect your roof for structural or surface damage that could affect its drainage ability.  Any hole in the roof must be addressed immediately to avoid leaks.  Gutters must also be cleaned and clear of debris so the rain water can flow through them. Be sure that downspouts are directed away from the house.

Install and Routinely Check Sump Pump: Sump pumps are effective for keeping excess rainwater out of a. Be sure that it also drains away from the foundation. It is important sump pump often and even have a professional inspect it once a year for any issues.  A sump pump malfunction could leave your home vulnerable to flooding.

Locate and Repair Water Leaks: Rain water can leak into your home through holes in the roof, poorly sealed doors and windows, and cracks in the foundation. Make sure you check these common areas and repair any damage that could allow a water leak.  You may also want to remove tree branches that are close to the roof or siding of your home because they could cause damage.

You can’t control the weather and the wrath Mother Nature might bring, but you can control how your home is affected. Take the time to give your property a once over when spring storms are at their worst.

 

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