If you want to keep rain outside where it belongs during these intense summer storms, there are five steps you can follow to make sure your home stays dry.
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With all the intense weather we’ve been having lately, many of you are probably wondering when the rain will end. While you may not be able to stop these summer thunderstorms, there are steps you can take to make sure the rain stays outside where it belongs, instead of leaking into your home. Let’s look at five simple, inexpensive tips that will keep your home safe and dry during all these storms.
“While you may not be able to stop these summer thunderstorms, there are steps you can take to make sure the rain stays outside where it belongs.“
- Clean your gutters. Even if you have no trees near your home, it’s still important to have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year. Those who live in wooded areas will need to have this done more often, of course. In any case, clean gutters can go a long way in keeping water out of your home.
- Add gutter extensions. This will keep water flowing away from your home.
- Trim your trees. If you do have trees in your yard, make sure they don’t become overgrown. If they do, they will be more likely to tip over and cause damage to your home.
- Have a battery backup for your sump pump. It’s important that your sump pump continues working even if your power is out. It’s also critical to periodically check that your sump pump still works in general. Unplugging the float and plugging it directly into an outlet every six months is a good way to test this. Just make sure you hear the motor running when you do this.
- Grade your yard. A lot of people stack mulch up and think this will be enough to control the flow of water away from their home, but mulch will settle. It’s critical that your yard is actually graded downward (away) from your home, so that water will naturally flow away from your foundation.
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