Avoid Rain Damage With These Simple Inspections

Here in Northern Virginia, it sure has been raining—a lot. In fact, we’ve broken records for the number of consecutive rainy days. Sometimes it seems like we’ll never see the sun again.

Rainy days can cause problems, not only with our attitudes, but in and around our homes. Först Consulting Group is often called in after the fact to consult on home repair, but there are things you can do to prevent rain problems in the first place. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, take advantage of our Home Inspection service. We’ll make sure your home is safe, sound and secure.

Here are some quick tips to preventing water damage in your home.

Inspect your:

  1. Roof. The roof is designed to keep water from entering the home, but a missing shingle or torn flashing can allow water to enter through the smallest hole.
  2. Gutters. Clogged gutters can impede the flow of water from your roof during a rainstorm, causing a backup that can and will overflow the gutters. Instead of being directed away from your home, water will seek its own direction, flowing into the attic space, along interior and exterior walls, into window wells and under foundations.
  3. Storm drains. Make sure the storm drains in and around your home are not blocked and are fully functional.
  4. Basement. Many basements have leaks when water tables rise, and with this much rainfall, your basement walls may have reached their limit. If you do detect leaks, mark where they are so you can seal them up later when things dry out.
  5. Sump Pump. Your sump pump should be checked both visually and mechanically to ensure efficient operation, especially with all the rain and moisture.
  6. Leaks. Look for areas of discoloration or water droplets on your walls, floors and pipes. These can indicate a leak.
  7. Downspouts. All downspouts should be pointing away from your home in order to divert water from your foundation.
  8. Slope. Your landscape slope should also be directed away from the foundation. If water puddles up against your house, shore up the foundation with extra soil.
  9. Chimney. Make sure bricks don’t have gaps and are tightly sealed. It is also a good idea to waterproof them so they don’t absorb water. Install a chimney cap to prevent rainwater from entering.
  10. Mold. Leaks, or excessive or standing water, can contribute to mold growth, and other organisms that can cause health problems. If you smell or see mold, kill it immediately or hire a mold remediation specialist.
  11. Trees. Broken limbs, leaning poles or other objects damaged by storms can fall on your house. Remove them before there is a problem.

Bugs also look for places to get out of the rain, so watch for roaches and other pests. To prevent mosquitos, empty any standing water source as soon as it stops raining.

Have Först Consulting Group Perform a Rain Inspection

Don’t wait until it’s too late, because any damage will only get worse. Contact Först Consulting Group to schedule an inspection today.