It's no secret that California has been in need of some serious downpour. After several years of severe drought, the wait is finally over and the much anticipated El Niño is here! Unfortunately, having experienced very little rain, most of our properties are ill-equipped for the water. After these first few massive storms, many of us are dealing with the repercussions. So before this next one hits, follow these preventative tips and enjoy the weather.
1. Fix your leaks. Dry heat causes wood structures to shrink and open up joints allowing for leaks. By now, you may have already begun to notice some moisture up above. Call a roofer to check for trouble spots and take a look at old leaks that may need a touch-up.
2. Clean out gutters and downspouts...more than once. You may have done this after the first rain, but once is not enough. Before the next storm, take some time to clean them out again. You'll be shocked how much debris has already accumulated.
3. If you're in an area prone to power outages, it may be wise to invest in a generator.
4. Install a sump pump. With enough rain, groundwater can start to flood your garage if there isn't already a drainage system in place.
5. Paint your trim. Cracks in wood trim can cause dry rot and termite infestation.
6. Check on your window glazing. Heat can cause the glazing to shrink and pull away from the glass panes allowing for condensation to get in between. You may want to have them re-glazed to prevent replacing the entire pane.
7. Check your balcony/deck slopes. Make sure the water drains away from the walls.
8. Exterminate. If the rain has brought about a pest problem, hire an exterminator.
9. Stock up on emergency repair materials. Handymen get bombarded during the stormy weather and may not be able to address your issue as timely as you would like or need. Have some materials on hand that you could make do with for the time being.
10. Drain some water from the pool. Pools can overflow much quicker than you might expect. Draining out some of the water ahead of time will prevent you from having to do so in the pouring rain.
Taking preventative measures now will help you to avoid a headache or two later. Water damage can be a nightmare so don't let it get to that point.
Author:Kurt Galitski Phone: 714-957-6677 Dated: February 15th 2017 Views: 89 About Kurt: After 15 years of founding and running a successful boutique real estate office in Costa Mesa as a l...
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