The rain can be a dampening not only of your mood but also of your home. To avoid wet clutter that you do not want to deal with, prepare your home well for this time of year.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters is an integral part of helping your home manage the rain. These are responsible for catching rainwater and directing it away from your home. Not only does this prevent parts of your home and garden from flooding, but it also works against rot and mold.
Unfortunately, it is easy for gutters to get clogged and in turn ineffective to do their job. Garbage like leaves and pine needles often live in gutters, causing a clogging and in some cases a pond that pushes back water under your roof or down the side of your home.
Rinse your gutters with your garden hose to flush them free of debris before the rainy season arrives so they are in good condition. During the rainy season, clean your gutters every week to get rid of debris that can clog them.
Sealing Windows and Doors
Your windows and doors present another potential entry point for water during a rainstorm. All windows and doors should be closed before this season, which will not only help keep the water out but will also help increase the energy efficiency of your home. Use weatherstripping, foam tape and sealing to re-seal these openings and to keep your home dry and well cooled or well-heated during all seasons.
Prepare for Potential Flooding
Even if you take all precautions, there is always the chance that floods during the rainy season. It is better to be prepared for this event than to be fired. Keep electronics high from the ground and away from windows in the basement. Move any boxes of important documents or sentimental items to a high shelf during flooding to reduce the risk of water damage. Keep mops and water purification items within reach and even invest in a water vacuum if your basement is prone to flooding to clean up a breeze and minimize damage.
The trees around your home really increase your curb, but what you may not realize is that they pose a risk of property damage, especially during the rainy season. In fact, fallen trees and limbs are the main cause of property damage prevention in the country.
During the rainy season, the weight of the water in combination with the associated wind often causes fallen branches and even entire trees. For this reason, you should cut branches on trees as well as foliage on hedges and bushes. This minimizes the fallen debris during the storm, which protects your home and also facilitates remediation.
One of the most important ways to prepare for the rainy season is to check your home for signs of leaks and fix them areas accordingly. Failure to do so can lead to flooding, mold, mold and other unpleasant problems. Check the watermark ceiling and look for scaling paint, both of which are signs of leaks.
On the outside of your home, look for cracks in the ridges as well as loose, bent or missing shingles. All of these are signs of leaks that should be addressed before the rain comes.
Especially if your home is prone to flooding, stock sandbags that lead to the rainy season. These help to divert and absorb water, debris and mud. These bags are a simple measure that you can set before a storm to keep your home and garden dry.
Survey the Yard
Take a closer look at your garden before the rain starts and look for areas where the ground meets your house. If it's a place that water can easily collect, dig a ditch that effectively redirects water.
Prepare an emergency kit
In the event of floods or storm emergencies this season, have an emergency equipment ready to use you and your family. Include medication, medical records, food, water and flashlights. Leave it somewhere easily accessible if needed.
It is not nice to prepare for the worst when it comes to the rainy season, but your house and garden are certainly better safe than sorry before the drops start to fall.