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10 Things You Need to do to Keep Rainwater Out of Your Home

9/21/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties understands the trouble it can be just trying to prevent damages from happening to your home. Believe it or not there are ten easy steps you can take to keep rainwater out of you home.

  1. Increase grade: Increasing the grade away from your home will help to keep the rainwater running away from your home.
  2. Clean rain gutters: Keeping rain gutters clear will help to minimize water running down the side of your home, eventually leading to water getting into your home.
  3. Divert down spouts: Buy running down to hardware store, you can pick up a piece of black plastic that attaches to your down spout and diverts water away from the home.
  4. Roof maintenance: simple observations can save your home when it comes to roof maintenance. A roof can have missing shingle, cracks in a tin roof and holes and the rubber membrane can be devastating.
  5. Window Repair: Repairing the cracked or improper caulking on the outside of your windows can be the difference between staying dry and needing to call for help.
  6. Sweep away debris: Debris build up around the home can clog drains, leading up to water build up and potential disaster.
  7. Expand exterior drains: expanding surface area of drains can prevent clogging and over flow.
  8. Construct a swale ditch: Constructing a ditch and filling it with rock will help divert water away from homes, especially on flat ground.
  9. Exterior French drains: For homes situated on slopes, building an exterior French drain, including a subterranean ditch can divert water away from homes.
  10. Install a sump pump: When all else fails a sump pump might do the trick. A sump pump takes the water from a location its not supposed to be and moves it to a better location.

If these tips and tricks still don't help, remember SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties is a 24 hour emergency service. Call anytime 541-808-2600.

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