If you can’t enjoy the sounds of rain because you’re too busy being worried the water will harm your home, it’s time to take an offensive position instead of a defensive one for your home. When heavy rains start to pour, there are ways you can prepare for the wet weather and gain peace of mind.
Review Your Flood Insurance Policy
Sometimes even the best preparation isn’t enough for Mother Nature’s will. When this is the case, flood insurance is important. Before rain season really begins, it’s best to review your flood insurance policy. Ask yourself if a flood occurs, if your policy would provide adequate coverage. If not, contact your insurance agent to ensure your flood policy will protect you.
Cover Any Toxic Materials
If you keep any cleaning materials or other potentially toxic items in a garage and/or basement, ensure that they’re covered with tight-fitting lids so water will not be able to seep into them. Another option is to store these materials indoors during rainy seasons.
Obtain Sand Bags
If your basement routinely floods during large rain storms, obtaining sand bags ahead of the wet weather may be a way to better protect any key areas in your basement that routinely flood. Most often, fire departments are a place to call for a location where you can obtain these bags.
Ensure Your Outdoor Items Are Protected
Garden furniture, barbecue grills, or power tools are all items that are commonly kept in a storage shed or exposed to the elements. Before a big rain occurs, ensure these items are kept in a dry, safe area. If you do have a shed containing these items, ensure its roof is protective enough and repair any portions of the roof, if possible. Sometimes you can also apply a waterproofing treatment to any wooden garden furniture to prevent the furniture from splitting and/or warping due to rain exposure.
Check Your Rain Gutters
Clogged drains and gutters can contribute to flooding in your property. Signs your gutters may need cleaning include any sagging, peeling paint, or areas of mold on the outside of your home that are seemingly draining from the gutters. Your gutters should be cleaned to ensure they are free from clogs, dirt, and debris, usually at least twice yearly.
Wet weather is ahead – are you prepared? If the answer is no, it’s time to call the gutter professionals at LeafGuard of Indiana. For more information, please call (317) 399-5613.