Be prepared. Basic Thunderstorm Readiness For your Home.
Window Wells - A Major Cause of Home Flooding
Look above your window wells. Is there a roof overhang above them where rain can run off directly into the window well? Perhaps, even more detrimental, a roof valley where two roofs come together and provide twice the amount of rain? If so, you are looking at one of the many ways a window well can become overwhelmed during a sudden water event. Most causes of a flooded window well and subsequent basement flooding come from the roof. A clogged downspout or mis-aligned gutter can easily lead to disaster. Be sure to inspect all gutters and keep all leaves and other materials out of the wells at all times, especially during the spring storm season.
Fences - A domino-effect of property damage
Once the base of a fence post rots and snaps in the wind. It can lead to a domino effect of damage to your property or even more inconveniently to your neighbors cars, garages and landscaping. One loose post supports 16' feet of fencing and when it whips back and forth in a storm, it can snap the next post in the fence line. These two posts now support 24' of fencing and both the weight and whip of the fence increases dramatically. The damage it can cause increases as well. Check all posts by giving them a good "push". If they move easily, it is time to replace them.
Drains Below Grade - A major failure point
A plastic grocery bag blown in the wind or accumulated leaf material can clog any drain below grade especially during a quick, strong rain. We recommend that every homeowner install "domed" drain caps for any drain below grade. The best solution to protect this vulnerable area is to install a bulkhead door or build a permanent overhang or dedicated roof system to completely protect this area from the heavy rains a thunderstorm can bring. The best esthetic solutions are sympathetic to the style of the house and / or blend into the existing house design.
Tree Branches - House or garage damage
Most homeowners look at dead or dying branches above their house and garage with expected dread. But the majority of branches we see that damage our clients homes come from branches that are seemingly healthy, green and full-leafed. The weak point may have come from an old embedded screw from a long forgotten tire swing or some other vulnerable area where rot has begun to take hold. A good tree expert can help you identify branches that need attention so they do not damage your home, garage or other property during a wind storm.
Have a question about these tips? Need repairs or maintenance to get your home ready for the severe weather? Talk to Get Dwell we would be happy to help.