How to Prepare Your Drainage for a Rainy Season

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Education & Training with Rel Real Estate

Winter comes with its fair share of goodies for those who are prepared and enough flooding issues if time catches up with you. Many people do not give thought to their roofs, ceiling, painting, drainage system and only do so when the first downpour hits the house hard.

Residential and commercial plumbing checks are essential services necessary before a wet season because they save you the inconveniences that come with water damage and adverse weather conditions.

Check your roof

Worn out and warped shingles are likely to crack. This will allow rainwater to sip through causing the house to flood. So, before winter sets in, climb your roof and inspect it for any damage. You can also hire a roofing expert to have a look at it and advise you accordingly.

A professional roofer will inspect the roof’s state and advice you concerning its life span and other issues about the roof. Remember, if you have insurance, the policy does not cover tear and wear damages. 

Check the gutters and downspouts

The earth where your house sits is not as compact as it was before construction. Groundwater filters towards the house foundation and the surrounding areas, thus corrupting the house’s stability.

It is critical to install gutters and downspouts to collect rainwater and direct it away from the foundation. The excess water may lead to the municipal drain. You may also install a rainwater collection reservoir to direct water far away from the foundation.

Check the condition of the drain

Inspect the external drains at the balconies and below the grade doors to clear them of any debris. If such exterior drainage fixtures are clogged with waste materials such as leaves, and debris rainwater will collect, back up and start sipping through the roof and into the home.

Seal all the windows

Now that all the drains are in place, it’s time to seal any opening in the windows. Ingress and egress points of a house are potential entries for floodwater. Inspect the doors and windows to find gas that may allow rainwater through and into the home.

Where you notice weak, brittle seals, replace them immediately. If neglected, the damage may be too costly in the future. If water is seeping through window wells, the paint on the wall may be compromised, and other damages will follow.

Measures to prepare for flood damage

If you’ve experienced flooding before, the chances are that it may happen again. Here are some measures to help you minimize damage around the home:

  • Direct gutters and downspouts away from the house
  • Store important documents in watertight containers
  • Raise hot water tank, washers and dryers off the floor
  • Install a backwater valve in your residential sewer line to allow standing water to move
  • Install a leak sensor system to detect abnormal water flooding and usage. It should also shut the water flow from the source.
  • Seal the foundation of your house with waterproofing compounds to put water seepage in check.

Water can be a source of significant loss if drainage systems are not put in place early enough. Invite a professional plumber at least once a year to inspect all the drainage systems and prevent floodwater damage. For all of your emergency plumbing needs, contact the experts at A Rescue Rooter in Hamilton, Ontario today!

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