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Preventing Water Damage from Heavy Rains

Updated: Jul 7


Home, landscaping
Ways to Prevent Water Damage from Rain

Heavy rains can cause significant water damage to your home, leading to costly repairs and long-term issues. At Renew by Grewe Restoration, we understand the importance of protecting your property from these potential hazards. Growing up our family home would end up with water in the basement any time there was a heavy rain. Knowing what I know now we could have prevented this issue by being more proactive with some simple maintenance.  Here are some essential tips to help you prevent water damage during heavy rains.


Tips for Preventing Water Damage from Heavy Rains

1. Maintain Your Gutters and Downspouts

Regular Cleaning: Ensure your gutters and downspouts are clean and free of debris. Leaves, twigs, and other blockages can prevent proper drainage, causing water to overflow and damage your home’s foundation.

Proper Extension: Make sure downspouts extend at least 3-4 feet away from your home’s foundation. This will help direct water away from your house, reducing the risk of basement flooding and foundation damage.

2. Inspect Your Roof

Regular Inspections: Check your roof for any signs of damage, such as missing or damaged shingles, and make necessary repairs. A well-maintained roof is crucial for preventing water from seeping into your home during heavy rains.

Sealant Application: Apply a high-quality sealant around chimneys, vents, and skylights to prevent leaks. Make sure to reapply sealant as needed to maintain its effectiveness.

3. Check for Foundation Cracks

Routine Inspections: Regularly inspect your home’s foundation for cracks and gaps. Even small cracks can allow water to seep in, leading to significant damage over time.

Seal Cracks: Use a high-quality concrete patch or sealant to fill any cracks in your foundation. For larger cracks, consider consulting a professional to ensure they are properly repaired.

4. Install a Sump Pump

Sump Pump Installation: Consider installing a sump pump in your basement, especially if your home is prone to flooding. A sump pump can help remove excess water, preventing it from accumulating and causing damage.

Regular Maintenance: Ensure your sump pump is in good working condition by testing it regularly and performing routine maintenance. This includes checking the pump’s power source, cleaning the pump, and inspecting the discharge pipe for any blockages. You can also get an additional add on to your insurance so if your pump fails your insurance would cover the expenses. 

5. Landscape for Better Drainage

Proper Grading: Ensure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation. This will help direct water away from your home, reducing the risk of water damage.

Use Native Plants: Incorporate native plants and grasses into your landscaping. These plants have deep root systems that help absorb excess water, reducing runoff and soil erosion.

6. Install Window Well Covers

Window Well Covers: If your basement has windows, install window well covers to prevent water from accumulating in the wells and seeping into your basement. Make sure the covers are securely fitted and in good condition.

7. Inspect and Maintain Your Plumbing

Regular Inspections: Regularly inspect your home’s plumbing system for any signs of leaks or damage. Pay close attention to areas prone to leaks, such as under sinks and around water heaters.

Timely Repairs: Address any plumbing issues promptly to prevent water damage. This includes fixing leaky faucets, replacing worn-out pipes, and ensuring your water heater is functioning properly.

8. Use Water Detectors

Water Detectors: Install water detectors in areas prone to water damage, such as basements, laundry rooms, and near water heaters. These devices can alert you to the presence of water, allowing you to address the issue before it becomes a major problem.

Conclusion

By following these preventative measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of water damage during heavy rains. Regular maintenance and timely repairs are key to protecting your home from potential water damage. If you do experience water damage, don’t hesitate to contact Renew by Grewe Restoration. Our team of experts is ready to help you restore your home quickly and efficiently.


Warm regards,

Brady Grewe

Owner

Renew by Grewe Restoration


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