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3 Ways to Prepare Your Property for Rain

9/14/2023 (Permalink)

3 Ways to Prepare Your Property for Rain

As the summer season comes to an end in beautiful California, it is now time to take the initiative and get your home and business ready for the potential rainy season. Most of the year’s rainfall will take place from October to May, so there is no time like the present to begin taking precautions. Following these steps below will assist in the safety of you, your family, and your property at the time of a storm event.

Check for Leaks

Checking for leaks in your home or business is an essential task year-round. Detecting leaks in the early stages can save the integrity of your property and save you money in the long run. This is especially important to do moving into the rainy season as the potential for leaks will be significantly higher during a storm. To inspect your property is quite simple, by walking around the interior of your home you can do a visual inspection. Be sure to pay close attention to the ceiling, around exterior doors and windows, and the corners where walls adjoin. In addition to checking for leaks, you may want to check all door and window seals to assure they are working properly.

Cleaning out Gutters

Gutters play a crucial role in directing rainwater away from your home. It is important to conduct regular maintenance, especially in the fall season. By keeping your gutters free of debris water will be able to flow consistently, and you can avoid water pooling and damaging your roof.  However once rain fall has occurred, avoid cleaning out your gutters immediately after. Waiting until debris has dried out will make the removal process much easier. If you find your gutters have accumulation of finer debris and dirty you may need to invest in specialty tools to assist in the cleaning process. These tools are attachments that can be connected directly to your water hose, you can purchase these attachments at most home improvement stores or online.

Store Equipment and Outdoor Furniture

When a storm is approaching it is best to store lawn equipment and power tools in a dry place where they are not subject to the elements. Be sure to store equipment up off the ground to protect it in case of flooding. If you will be utilizing a shed for storage, be sure to check the roof for any damage or leaks. You may also consider bringing in any furniture or decor that may become damaged by the rain. If you cannot bring furniture in it is advised to cover and tie down any equipment that may be picked up and displaced by high gusts of wind.

A little preparation goes a long way in taking care of your property during the rainy season. The weather can be unpredictable so you must stay diligent in keeping your property safe. Taking precautionary measures can make all the difference in saving your time and resources in the long run.  

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