Storms during the summer can happen without warning. They can also be incredibly violent and bring a lot of lightning and moisture. If you aren’t ready when a summer storm hits, this could lead to damage to your property and potentially even flooding.
You may not be able to predict when a summer storm is going to hit, but there are some things you can do to be prepared. These include the following:
1. Make Sure Your Gutters Are Clear
Your gutters are in place to remove water from the roof and direct it away from your house. If water gets into your attic, this can cause wood rot, which could lead to structural issues, or contribute to mold growth, which could have a negative impact on your health.
Making sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris will reduce the chances of clogs and water leaking into your home. In addition, you want to make sure that your downspouts direct water at least six feet away from your house. If they don’t, this could result in water getting into your basement.
2. Shut Off Your Sprinklers
If you have a sprinkler system in your yard, then you probably have it set to run automatically. This ensures that your grass gets the water it needs to look amazing. It also means that you probably don’t think about watering your lawn.
Should a huge storm hit the area, this can saturate the soil. If your sprinklers are still running, the ground won’t be able to absorb the excess water, so the water won’t have anywhere to go — except potentially into your house. Thus, when a summer storm hits, take a few minutes to turn off your sprinklers so that water doesn’t build up in your yard.
3. Know Who to Call in Case of an Emergency
Should summer storms result in water damage to your home, make sure you know who to call. Having our number for Rocky Mountain Restoration stored in your phone or on your fridge will give you the chance to call as soon as possible to take care of water issues before they cause irreversible damage.