Summer rain storms strike quickly in central Montana. A few minutes of heavy rain are enough to cause costly water damage. Team Newman has a few tips to help prevent water damage from heavy rain.
Proper drainage is a major factor – Directing water runoff away from the property is the best way to avoid costly water damage. Water pooling up around the foundation will find a way through the foundation. Downspouts must be directed away from the property and stay free of blockages. Gutters must also be kept clean in order to work efficiently. Poor landscaping allows water to settle close to the property. If the landscaping slopes toward a home, it causes the water to flow directly to the home and settle near the foundation. Designing and maintaining landscaping to divert water away from the home is a major factor in protecting your property.
Prep window wells – Window wells are a common spot for water to enter a home during a rainstorm. If possible, cover window wells to prevent rainfall from entering. Coverings can also stop fallen branches or debris from breaking a window and causing major damage. Even with a proper cover, window wells can fill with groundwater. This issue can be solved with proper drainage. In many cases, a drain system can be installed in window wells to properly divert water away from the home. All drain systems must be properly maintained to ensure effectiveness.
Inspect property after a heavy rain – The first thing to look for is any signs of water damage inside the home. Check around the exterior walls for wet carpet or swollen trim. It is also a good idea to check the exterior. Look for water in window wells and see if it has pooled anywhere around the exterior of the home. This can show where water is not draining properly. Address issues immediately to prevent damage in the future.
Inspect for foundation cracks – Foundation cracks are another common source of water damage during a big rain storm. Water saturates the ground and pushes its way through the foundation. Some cracks are not visible because they are covered by sheetrock. However, some foundation cracks can be seen from the exterior. If a foundation crack is visible, it is a good idea to invest in a waterproofing crack injection.