Preparing for Rain, Preventing Water Damage | SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City
When it rains, it pours in the Chicago area! We see our fair share of rainstorms throughout the year that can range from gently falling rain to heavy rainstorms accompanied by intense wind.
No matter the weather situation, rain can infiltrate our homes and cause significant water damage.
Preparing for the weather is one of the best ways to prevent damage, so tackle the tasks below to get ready and help your home stay drier and damage-free.
Getting Ready Around Your Home
Each different storm system brings a different intensity to the area, and yard debris and leaves can get blown around your property. As the seasons pass, that debris can find its way to your gutter system and cause serious clogs.
The next time it rains, that clog will force water to back up onto your roof or pour over the edge of your home, which can leak down into your foundation easily.
In order to avoid this frustrating situation, you need to be cleaning out your gutters regularly. If you live in a single-family home or a townhome that has a gutter system, get up on a ladder and pull out that clog to help encourage water to flow down and away from your home.
The Roof and Windows
Your roof undergoes all kinds of weather hazards throughout the year, and it absorbs a lot of the impact of storms so you can stay safe and dry inside. However, that also means that your roof is often the first place for storm damage to occur, which can easily invite water into your attic.
Check your roof after every storm to look for missing shingles, gaps or even general sagging issues so you can address repairs right away.
If you live in an apartment or rent a house, you still need to take steps to reduce your risk of water damage. Take the time to ensure all windows and doors are securely shut and occasionally check them for signs of moisture when it is raining. If you discover a bead of water coming from a small hole in your caulking around a window, it is crucial that you address the issue right away.
Overcoming Water Damage
Water sometimes has a mind of its own, and it can leak and seep into the most unsuspecting crack or gap in your home. If that happens to you and you discover a significant water spot on your wall or your basement floods, call us right away.
Our SERVPRO® team will arrive quickly to start removing the excess water while also using thermal cameras to detect hidden moisture behind your walls. We will completely dry your space and then get to work on your repairs.
Water is known to warp and swell floors, ruin carpet, and make your drywall soggy, and we can help you recover from any of these situations. We are here for you for all of your water damage scenarios!
Overcoming water damage is easier with SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City on your side. Call us today.