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How Heavy Rains Cause Costly Damage to Your Home

If your area has been experiencing dry conditions, heavy rains can feel like a relief, especially in the warm summer months.

However, when heavy rain falls all at once or an area experiences a lengthy period of rain, excess water can cause damage to your home and your finances. To reduce the damaging effects of heavy rain on your home, you can prepare with a few simple actions, including cleaning gutters regularly and sealing basements and crawl spaces against water damage.

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How Costly are Water Damage Repairs?

How can heavy rain damage your home? In addition to flood damage, which can extensively harm your home’s foundation and ruin both interiors and exteriors, heavy rains that don’t cause major flooding can also impact your pocketbook. One part of a home that sees the most costly damage from heavy rains is the roof. If your home lacks properly installed gutters that are cleaned regularly, heavy rain can cause damage to the roof and allow water to leak into the home’s attic and top floors.

On the opposite end of the home, heavy rains can also damage a home’s foundation. The lowest points of your home can be damaged by flooding, cracks, and soil erosion. Even a small leak can allow a large amount of water to enter the home during a rainstorm. A damaged foundation can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix, so you should get regular home and foundation inspections and fix small issues as soon as possible — before they become big ones.

Heavy rains can also damage a home’s siding, outdoor areas, and doors and windows. Good working gutters and downspouts can help reduce the impacts on siding and ensure water doesn’t pool near the home, which can also damage the foundation. Sealing decks and other outdoor areas can help reduce rain damage. Ensuring your home’s doors, windows, and HVAC units are properly sealed will minimize the effects of water leaking into the home during heavy rains.

What Do You Do If You Find a Water Leak?

If water does enter your home during heavy rains, whether in the basement, crawl space, or around windows or doors, it’s important to clean up all standing water and improve ventilation and airflow throughout the home to reduce mold and mildew growth. It’s also important to fix the root problem that caused the leak before it can cause any additional damage.

How to Prepare in Advance for Costly Damages

The best way to reduce costly damages caused by heavy rainstorms or lengthy wet weather is to prepare in advance. Here’s a checklist on how to prepare for a flood.

Even small actions to prepare for wet weather can help save money from costly flood damage. First, ensure your home’s gutters are well installed and cleaned regularly – once in the spring and once in the fall is best. Next, when it is raining, check your downspouts and make sure they direct water flow away from the home. This will reduce water pooling near the home and leaking into the foundation or basement windows.

One way a home’s exterior, including the roof, can be damaged by weather is by falling trees and tree limbs. When you’re planting new trees, consider planting them far away from the home – even if it will take years for the tree to grow high enough to cause damage in a storm. If you have trees planted close to the home, make sure to prune dead limbs and cut back tree limbs near the roof or windows.

Can Basement Waterproofing Keep Your Basement Dry?

Even with the best preparation before a storm, a leaking basement may still occur, making basement waterproofing a crucial measure for protecting your home.

It offers both immediate and long-term benefits, stopping water entry, avoiding the growth of mold and mildew. Mold can compromise both the structural integrity of your home and the health of its inhabitants.

Waterproofing keeps the basement dry, protecting foundation walls from deterioration and saving you from costly structural repairs. It safeguards personal belongings stored in the basement and improves the overall air quality of your home by eliminating dampness and musty odors.

Basement waterproofing is not a one-size-fits-all solution, as each home has a unique basement with specific needs. The waterproofing process may involve installing an interior drainage system, applying a wall vapor barrier, setting up a dehumidifier, or incorporating a sump pump.

A local expert from Groundworks will assess your basement to determine the most effective waterproofing strategy. This tailored approach ensures that the right combination of solutions is employed to keep your basement dry, catering specifically to the unique characteristics of your home.

How To Seal Entryways to Prevent Water Leaks

Another area of a home that can attract water during a heavy rain is the HVAC unit, especially if installed in a window. Ensure your HVAC unit is included in your annual home inspection, and if needed, add additional caulking around window units to protect against leaks. In addition, adding weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors can reduce water leakage during a heavy rain. Pay special attention to basement and ground floor windows, which can be breached by water in a flood or heavy storm.

When your home is inspected by a professional each year, ensure they check the roof and foundation for damage. If small cracks or other issues are detected, it is important to fix them immediately, before they become even larger problems. Even a small roof or foundation crack can cause major water damage in a storm. Adding new sealant to your basement and crawl space can help protect against costly water damage.

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How Can I Protect My Valuables Before an Emergency?

Another way to prevent costly water damage to your home is to protect your most valuable possessions before an emergency occurs. Always store valuables in water-resistant storage units above ground. For items stored in the basement, use shelves to keep the items off the floor. Check your basement or crawl space regularly for standing water or moisture, and consider installing a dehumidifier to improve air quality and circulation, and a sump pump to protect against water damage. Check to ensure your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is up to date and keep a good list of items inside the home in case you do need to contact your insurance provider about damages to your home.

Remember to get your home inspected annually to ensure you identify and fix foundation damage before it grows. Here’s a checklist of what to do after a flood to protect your home.

Contact Groundworks for Expert Basement Waterproofing

In the face of an impending storm, ensuring the safety of your basement and valuables is paramount— Groundworks is here to assist you.

If you’re seeking expert guidance on storm preparation to protect your basement from potential water damage, call Groundworks. Their local experts are equipped with the knowledge and tools to assess your home’s specific needs, offering customized solutions to safeguard your basement against flooding and leaks.

Whether it’s reinforcing waterproofing measures, installing effective drainage systems, or advising on the best practices to protect your valuables, Groundworks’ specialists are dedicated to ensuring your peace of mind.

With our help, you can rest assured your basement and its contents are well-protected, even in the most challenging weather conditions.

Need help with preparing for wet weather or what to do after the storm has passed? Schedule a free inspection today.