Rain is on the way, are you ready?

Rain is headed our way this weekend, and from what the weather report says there could be a lot of it!  After a long dry spell like the one we’ve had over the summer, heavy rains are more likely to turn into small floods as the hard, dry ground will not be as absorbent.  To make sure the weather this weekend doesn’t cause any damage to your home, we have a few tips to help you prepare!

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  • Get your yard ready for the rain by running a metal rake over the tops of shrubs and flower beds to loosen the soil. This will allow the dirt to better absorb the excess moisture.  This should only take you a few minutes, but you might prevent rain water from pooling or causing a small flood.

 

  • Close all of your vents and windows. This sounds like an easy step, but if you forget to do so you could end up with some costly damage! Remember to check rooms that are easily forgotten, like your basement or attic where you may have opened windows when it was so hot.

 

  • Clean out your gutters. The leaves aren’t falling yet, but other debris can clog up your gutters.  Clean gutters will ensure that excess rain water has proper runoff from your roof.

 

  • Know your roof! Don’t be blindsided by roof damage in the middle of a rain storm.  Make sure to get annual inspections and know when your roof is in need of repair.

 

  • Is there a roadside grate near your home? Make sure it is clear of debris, as swift moving runoff can quickly get backed up.  Keep an eye on the grate when it really starts to pour to make sure it is still draining water effectively.

Stay dry out there this weekend!

5 signs of water damage

Have you noticed a new stain on your ceiling? A funny smell when you walk into your basement? These could be indications that your home has water damage! Here are a few tips to help you determine if a water intrusion is affecting your home:

1. Water stains: Whether you are purchasing a new home or water stains appear in your current residence, water stains are not to be ignored. If there is no clear indication where the water is coming from, hire an expert to inspect your home and find the source of intrusion.

Stained wood due to water damage

Stained wood due to water damage

2. Musty smells: Have you noticed a change in odor in your home? Perhaps it smells damp, moldy, or musty. These can all be indications that your home is experiencing water damage; perhaps somewhere you don’t spend as much time like the attic or basement. Examine these often ignored areas thoroughly and call in a professional if the source cannot be found. If left unattended, the cause of the odor could cause costly damage.

3. Warped walls and floors: Water damage can cause wood to swell, resulting in buckling and bulging floors or walls. The longer the moisture sits in these spaces, the more extensive the damage can be. If you notice these changes in your home, address it immediately.

Buckled floors due to water damage

Buckled floors due to water damage

4. Inspect your pipes: Catching water damage before it starts can save you a lot of time and money. Check the pipes in your home for signs of leaking, corrosion or damage. Inspect caulking around sinks and bathtubs for signs of erosion. Inspect the water heater, making sure there are no signs of moisture or damage.

Exposed pipes

Exposed pipes with indications of water damage

5. Check the exterior of your home: Proper flashing, a well maintained roof, and correct run off from your home can help to prevent water damage. Check that your shingles are not cracked or missing and flashing is intact. Should you notice standing water outside your home you may need to asses run off and have the issue addressed.

 

 

Our hope is that you never have to call us for an issue with water damage! By knowing the indications of potential water damage to your home and how to respond, you can reduce your chances of unexpected home repair costs. Should you experience water damage to you home though, Kennedy Restoration can provide you with the knowledge and experience to make sure the issue is properly addressed.