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The Rains are Coming - Are You Ready?

September 2015


Prepare Your Home For The Rains

Early this morning I laid in bed enjoying the sound of the rain. Wow. What a lovely sound it was and finally some relief to this drought. But when I went outside, I found out that I had several water issues that I needed to resolve before El Nino comes.  Today was a good test run for all us.  How did you do?  

Let's review our list for preparing for the rains.

The roof should be inspected a year. Repair or replace cracked shingles and roof ridges, and look for rust and holes. If no one in the household can perform this annual inspection, contact a professional.

Clean gutters regularly to ensure that the rainwater would drain properly. They help prevent water damage to the windows, doors, siding and trim of the house.  But they can't do their job properly when they're damaged, leaking, missing or blocked with leaves.

Damaged eaves can also cause water to seep into the walls. If the eaves show yellow or brown spots, or are showing signs of sagging, it is time to replace them.

Remove leaves, branches and debris from drains in the yard and in front of your home. Remember to do the city
sewer grates along the street in front of your house or neighborhood. This will help prevent the sewer grates from becoming blocked, water building up, creating puddles that can make driving treacherous, street parking annoying and the possibility of unnecessary flooding … well imminent.  The city crews can’t possible get to all the grates on all the streets every day — especially during all the coming downpours.

Trim Trees:
Trim tree branches that hang over the roof to avoid leaves filling the gutters, and to prevent big branches falling on and severely damaging the house. Other unstable structures should also be cleared in the case of strong winds. 

Check interior Walls:
Do a simple inspection of the ceilings, walls, and floors. Discolored walls and ceilings, paint bubbles, and dark spots mean that water is already entering the house. Moisture not only ruins the appearance of the house’s interiors but can also affect appliances, furniture, other household items, and even the health of the residents. Where possible, seal exterior areas where the leak begins. 

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.

Water Sprinklers:
Turn off automated sprinkler systems when rain is expected.

Stock up on sandbags to fill in low areas around your home. Sandbags can redirect the flow water away from your home and garage. Some local fire stations provide sandbags to residents during the rainy season.

Electric Box:
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.

Have a flashlight, batteries and a first aid kit on hand, in case you get stranded in your home or you lose power in your home. 

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.

Good luck with the rain!

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