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  • Writer's pictureBrady Grewe

Weathering the Storm: How to Prevent Water Damage During Rainstorms

Updated: Jul 7

Rainstorms can bring much-needed relief to parched landscapes, but they also pose a significant threat to our homes. In 2009 I was so excited to close on my first house and started to get settled in right away. Less than a week later I was on my hands and knees trying to clean up water that had flooded the basement from a rainstorm. I will not forget the panic I felt at that moment, wondering if I made a mistake buying the home and not knowing what to do to stop the water. This guide will cover essential tips to safeguard your property and prevent water damage during rainstorms, so you do not have the same awful experience that I did when I bought my first home. 

Spring has arrived and it is currently raining. Luckily, I spent the time to clean my gutters and downspouts yesterday, so my home is ready for. it. Here are some more tips on how to make sure you are prepared for spring rains.


7 Tips to Prevent Water Damage During Rainstorms

1. Inspect and Maintain Your Roof:

A well-maintained roof is your first line of defense against rainwater intrusion. Regularly inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles, cracked seals, and signs of wear and tear. Promptly address any issues to ensure your roof remains watertight. 

2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts:

Clogged gutters and downspouts can impede the flow of rainwater, leading to overflow and potential water damage. Clean your gutters regularly to remove debris and ensure proper drainage away from your home's foundation. If you have the right equipment this can be a fairly painless procedure. If you do not have the correct equipment look into hiring a professional.

3. Seal Windows and Doors:

Leaky windows and doors can allow rainwater to seep into your home, causing damage to walls, floors, and belongings. Check for gaps and cracks around window frames and doorways, and seal them with weatherstripping or caulk to prevent water infiltration. 

4. Invest in Proper Drainage Systems:

Adequate drainage is essential for directing rainwater away from your home's foundation. Ensure that your property is graded away from the foundation and consider installing French drains or gutter extensions to channel water safely away from your home. This can become even more important if your home is like mine and built at the bottom of a hill. 

5. Install Sump Pumps:

If your home is prone to basement flooding during heavy rainstorms, consider installing a sump pump. Sump pumps efficiently remove excess water from basements and crawl spaces, helping to prevent water damage and mold growth. While sump pumps and drain tile can be expensive to have installed, they can save you lots of issues by getting rid of the excess water from rain or snow melt. Make sure to check if your sump pump is working correctly.

6. Monitor Indoor Humidity Levels:

High indoor humidity levels can exacerbate water damage and mold growth, especially during rainstorms. Use a hygrometer to monitor indoor humidity levels and utilize dehumidifiers as needed to maintain optimal humidity levels. Ideally set up a dehumidifier that drains itself which takes out the human error of forgetting to empty the water. 

7. Be Prepared for Emergencies:

Despite your best efforts, unforeseen emergencies can still occur during rainstorms. Have an emergency preparedness kit on hand, including essentials like flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and contact information for emergency services and restoration professionals like Renew by Grewe Restoration. 


By implementing these proactive measures, you can fortify your home against the ravages of rainstorms and minimize the risk of water damage. Remember, prevention is key, but should water damage occur despite your best efforts, Renew by Grewe Restoration is here to provide swift and reliable restoration services. Stay prepared, stay vigilant, and weather the storm with confidence.


Water Damaged Basement after a Rainstorm
Water Damaged Basement

Warm regards,

Brady Grewe

Owner

Renew by Grewe Restoration

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