As the saying goes, it’s April showers that bring May flowers. In Canada, our Spring season is notorious for unpredictable weather and storms which is why it’s peak season for water damage. Partially thawed ground cannot fully absorb rainwater so with no where else to go, the water often finds its way into homes. Fortunately, there are several ways to prepare your house for warm weather and prevent water damage from spring thaw and storms.
STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE A SPRING STORM
1.Clean out eavestroughs and downspouts
Clogged gutters, drains, and downspouts can lead to water damage during a storm. Dirt and debris can cause water to be unable to flow away from the roofline, adding weight to your roof and potentially causing a roof collapse.
Before spring storms strike, check your downspouts and eavestroughs to ensure that winter storms haven’t created any blockages. While you’re up there, make sure that all connections are secure and that no repairs are necessary.
2.Seal your windows and check your roof
Check the seals around your doors and windows. Look for loose screws and cracked caulking and make repairs if necessary.
Next, inspect your roof. If you find any missing or damaged shingles have your roof professionally inspected before a storm hits. Repairs can keep your home from experiencing severe damage due to a leaky roof.
3. Search for cracks in the foundation
Even small cracks in your foundation or basement can put your home at risk of major water damage during a spring storm. If water seeps in through the cracks, your home could be in danger of flooding. Furthermore, high winds can make existing cracks prone to widening, causing significant structural damage throughout the home.
4. Install a backflow valve in your basement to prevent sewage backup
Heavy rain can cause municipal sewers systems to become overtaxed, creating the possibility for excess water to flow backward through your home's sewer lines. Plumbing fixtures situated at the lowest points in your home may be particularly prone to sewer backup. Consider installing a sewer backflow valve to divert unexpected water away from your sewer lines and back to your city's sewage system.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU EXPERIENCE WATER DAMAGE
Here are some key steps to take should you experience water damage in your home after a storm.
1.Inspect damage around your home and take pictures
Rain may have soaked furniture, carpeting, and other flooring in areas of the home through cracks or leaks, leading to mold. As you go through your house inspection, make sure to take pictures for your insurance claim.
2.Contact Your Insurance Company
Having homeowner’s insurance is important, especially in areas that are prone to flooding. If your home has been damaged, it's important that you contact your insurance provider to notify them. An insurance adjuster will be sent to determine the damage extent and provide a payment for repairs if applicable. If your policy does not yet have adequate coverage, you may want to consider contacting an insurance specialist to ensure you have sufficient flood damage coverage before you have a problem.
PREVENT FURTHER IMPACT TO YOUR PROPERTY FROM STORM DAMAGE
If a major storm causes water damage to your home, take the necessary steps toward recovery as quickly as possible. Before you begin cleaning up, contact your insurance agency immediately to report the damage then contact a professional water damage restoration company to begin the restoration process. ServiceMaster Restore has a team of experts who are ready to help you restore your home and your peace of mind 24/7/365.