No one likes the heavy rainfall that affects the area throughout the year. The thing is, the rains will be coming and if you have bought a home in an area that is suspected to be in a flooding area, heavy rain is the price you pay. Rain may not be something you notice causes issues, but it can be something that really affects your home, so you need to know what to do when it happens in your area.
Rain, rain, go away – but before that, check out these five things to do once the rains have finished.
- Test the sump pump. You need to know that your sump pump is still working after the rain, especially as it could be working overtime because of all the flooding. The sump pump needs to be working as effectively as possible, but if you don’t test it you won’t know how efficiently it’s working. If you check your sump pump is working, you’ll know that the water will be properly drained. This can prevent any water build up and that can be what your home needs.
- Cover all of the exposed roots. Rain has an uncanny knack of washing away soil and mud, exposing your plant roots and causing issues with the local trees. If there is not enough coverage on roots, your plants and even the smaller trees around your home can lean to one side and even be pulled up. You have to be aware of how to keep your hard work sitting properly, and this is one of the best things to do – cover up the roots!
- Check your crawlspaces and your attic. You should also check the basement for any excess water from a blocked drain, as these can end up with mold and mildew in the corners and along the walls if you’re not careful. The collection of mold can ruin the brickwork and can cause issues for the foundations of the house. Plus it smells bad!
- Go out and check the gutters. Your rainfall may be usual but it’s only going to stay that way if your gutters are clean and clear. The gutters along the roof can get clogged up with branches and leaves, causing a blockage where all the rain cannot drain down. Where there is no place for the rain to go down the pipes, it goes backwards into your roof, which can cause the attic space of your home to be soaking wet!
- Bugs, bugs, everywhere. Moisture brings midges and mosquitoes, and where there are bugs, there are breeding grounds for them. With a lot of water out of your control, you’re going to end up with a bug problem as well as a flooding problem.
Rain can affect the home negatively, but if you’re on top of the situation, you’re going to be able to keep your home safe from the issues that come with it. You don’t have to have a moldy home – not when you can be on top of the rain and what comes with it!