Keeping your home in good condition is no easy feat, especially during seasons of regular inclement weather. If you live in an area that experiences a noticeable “rainy season” or “wet season,” you know that it can be challenging to avoid any kind of water or related damage. However, it is crucial that you check your drains and other water-collecting areas around your home during these times of the year. Here is everything you need to know about making sure everything is in good working order.
Check Your Sump Pump
During rainy seasons, water doesn’t have enough time to drain away from homes or land before it starts falling out of the sky again. A sump pump is a mechanism that removes this water from your home and away from it. Usually, it is located in the basement since this is the lowest point of most houses. The pump is run by electricity and a motor to suck water from the sump (another word for a water collection area) to send it away with the rest of the wastewater from your home.
The sump pump is a very effective way of handling heavy waters, so it’s critical to check it often and make sure it is running correctly. If there is anything blocking it or if the motor isn’t working, you’ll want to get this checked out immediately.
A storm drainage system helps to drain the water from your yard into the sewer system. This is very important to keep your home safe from water damage and flooding. As heavy rains fall and don’t get enough time or sunlight to dry out, the water can sit in pools in your yard. Not only is this unattractive, but it can also lead to insect infestations in the home, foundation damage, or even mold growth in the home.
To combat these yard troubles, have a storm drainage system installed to divert the water away from your home. Check it often to clear away any debris or muck that could be clogging it up. This will ensure that the water drains freely, keeping your house nice and dry.
While most drains are going to be at ground level, don’t neglect the ones above your head! The gutters on your roof are the first line of defense against water damage in the home, so take the time to inspect them often. If there are heavy storms and wind, they might be filled with leaves, twigs, or other organic matter. If the gutters are clogged, water can’t drain away from your home, which means that rainwater will collect on the roof, adding weight to the structure. This will cause leaks, broken rooves, and sagging gutters.
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