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Heavy Rains Can Lead to Water Damage in your Wappingers Home

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

A heavy rain storm bombarding a home's exterior. Maintaining some key areas of your home can help keep water damage from heavy rain storms at bay!

When most people think of water damage, they probably bring to mind images of toilets or sinks overflowing in their Dutchess County homes or busted pipes spraying water uncontrollably. However, many times, water damage can occur less noticeably than these examples, such as in the event of heavy rain.

When rain falls hard enough heaviness to really soak everything in sight, it can unearth problems you weren’t aware of being issues in your home. 

Water Can Seep in Through Miniature Openings

When it rains enough for things to get continually soaked, miniature cracks, splits, holes and openings in your home’s exterior can begin to let water through and start leading to problems.

Consider installing weather-stripping around doors and windows. This small project is one of the best methods to help prevent water damage from a soaking rain as well as keeping up with your home’s exterior paint to avoid any gaps or peeling that might allow water through.

Take a good look at your windows closely for small holes and feel around for any drafts. Be sure to seal them well or have them replaced if needed.

Gutter Clogs Can Lead to Water Damage

Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and pool in concentrated areas, which can then be absorbed into your home’s roof line and lead to damages. This is especially true during extremely heavy rains, which can inundate even normally functioning systems with an overload of water. Cleaning out gutters every spring and fall is the best remedy for this. A clogged gutter in the winter can lead to ice damming which can really cause a headache!

Improper Drainage Can Cause Foundation Damage

If the drainage around the base of your home is not adequate, serious water damage can happen as a result—especially during exceptionally wet periods. Making changes to your landscaping to help keep water far away from your home’s foundation can prevent water pooling in the basement as well as the potential for mold growth.

Heavy Rains Can Unearth Roof Leaks

You may not be aware you have a roof leak, but a good storm can be enough to turn a small, unnoticed leak into one has become a serious problem. Seeing wet spots or discoloration on your home’s ceiling often only happens after heavy rains have increased a leak’s severity, creating a need for immediate repairs. Have your roof inspected by a professional at least once a year. Be sure to inspect your attic regularly too, sometimes small leaks can go unnoticed in there as well.

If your home has experienced water damage due to heavy rains or for any cause at all, you can count on us to be there for you. Call us at any hour to begin the water restoration process right away.

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