With springtime on the way, I’m sure you’re looking forward to warmer weather and sunny days. Unfortunately, with the change of seasons, springtime is notorious for bringing thunderstorms, heavy rains and flash floods.
So what do you do when an April shower causes water damage to your house? The first thing you need to do is to move all of your household belongings and items that haven’t gotten soaked. If your furniture is too heavy to move, cover it with a plastic tarp or sheet, to protect it from any water. Get a leakproof container to collect any dripping water and make sure the container is placed on a solid surface.
Start drying up all of the water that has soaked your furniture and carpet. You may need to pull away any wet carpet from the padding. This way you can expose the carpet backing to air and allow it to dry faster. This also gives the padding a chance to dry and will reduce the chances of any excess moisture, so mold won’t be able to grow. Get as much fresh air circulating all around the wet areas.
Check your roof!
As soon as you get the chance, check your roof for pooling or standing water. Remove all of the dirt and debris from the downspouts, valleys and gutters so that the water can flow off the roof and away from your house.
Examine the flashing
Some leaky roofs are not caused by downspouts or clogged gutters. Leaks can happen when your roofing material becomes damaged or aged.
The flashing that is located around your vents, roof projections or chimneys, if it is damaged can cause a big roof leak. This is why you need to pay special attention to where the flashing is around all of your roof attachments. If the flashing looks beat up, worn or damaged, replace it.
You can also use roof tar to repair the sealing around the flashing.
Many roof leaks happen over time, which means water could be pooling on your roof unnoticed before it makes its way into your living room. Get up in the attic and inspect it for any type of damage that a roof leak may have caused. You’re looking for signs of excessive moisture and mold growth like discolored wood, musty odors and greenish black spots.
If you find any of these signs, you need to call a water damage contractor to restore your home or you could be putting yourself and your family at risk and into a bad situation.
Watch out for Critters
Pests and ants love water logged areas so they have a place to build a nest. If you start noticing an invasion of beetles, ants, bugs, earwigs etc…
Start looking for wet wood.
You can call and exterminator but the only way to really get rid of the problem is to remove the wet wood.
You can save yourself a lot of money and time before this spring hits by doing some basic preventative maintenance on your home.
Don’t be one of those people you read about on the news that didn’t take the necessary precautions and allowed their home and possessions to become waterlogged and destroyed.