April Showers Bring May....Leaks!!
How should you prepare for Spring Showers and the possible water damage that can accompany them.
Make sure to always check the seals around your windows and doors. Look for loose screws and cracked caulking and make repairs if necessary. Although, some repairs may seem costly or not necessary, in the end you may end up saving you from water damage to your home and personal valuables.
Next, make sure all your doors have a good seal and also make sure the threshold is screwed into the home, rather than just the door frame.
Lastly, you want to make sure there's no damages to your roof. If you are not sure what to look for or cannot get up there to inspect, make sure to call a company to come and inspect it for you. Missing shingles or a saggy roof can lead to your roof leaking into your home and creating damage.
While you are up on your roof checking for any damages, check your gutters around the home. Make sure all gutters are cleared out and that they are all properly adhered to your property. You will also want to check the downspouts and drains and make sure there are no clogs or damages. This can save you from a roof collapse or future water damages. It is important to also make sure there are no trees hanging on your roof and gutters that could possibly knock down your gutters or clog them up.
Check your foundation for any cracks. Cracks in your foundation can lead to water seeping in your basement and flooding. Spring storms often bring strong winds that can cause for those foundation cracks to spread and even widen. It is important to make sure your basement and/or crawlspaces are waterproofed.
Often in the spring, when there is a lot of rain, it can cause for the towns sewer lines to fill with water. That sewage water can back up into your basement and/or crawlspaces. It could benefit you to install a backflow valve to prevent any sewage water from backing up into your home.
These 4 steps can help you prevent water damages this Spring. However, if you still get any kind of water damage give your trusty SERVPRO of Morton Grove East Niles a call at 847-983-4468!!