Well, at least the rainiest for the last 150 years! It’s hard to believe. And all this rain has caused quite a few damages throughout our area. Overflowing sewers, slab leaks, water runoff around the house – it all takes its toll. Add that to the rain we got in May and the ground just hasn’t had a chance to recover! It’s predicted that the Denver area will see a few more rain showers, storms and cooler weather before we can rely on the summer heat helping us out.
So what can you do to protect your home or business during this rainy season? Here are some ideas.
Gutter. The #1 priority according to disastersafety.org, is to make sure your gutters are clean. Ideally, cleaning them twice a year helps to prevent clogs that can cause water damage to your roof and prevent water from accumulating at the foundation of the building.
Yard Maintenance. Real estate companies are always vigilant about yard maintenance. Trimming trees and shrubs of dead branches is helpful in avoiding branches from tearing up property.
Inspect your ceilings and walls. If there is a leak in the roof or cracks around windows, you might spot the signs of water in one of these two places. If you catch it quickly, you may save yourself from a massive headache later!
Keep your drainage system clean. Cleaning the lines regularly will help insure that rainwater drains properly. If you spot cracked or broken pipes, make sure to have a professional inspects them immediately. Even slow leaks can cause a lot of damage.
Conduct routine inspections. Set a day aside every quarter to inspect your home, inside and out. Here are some suggestions on what to look for.
Check your garage. If needed, elevate your belongings. And use waterproof containers as much as you can. If the door to your garage needs weather stripping, make sure to replace it and seal all the gaps. In some circumstances, you may want to upgrade your garage door.
Taking a few hours of your time to inspect the home or office structure quarterly can prevent serious trouble. If you do have a water disaster, please give us a call immediately. The sooner you recognize the problem and start drying procedures, the better the restoration outcome.