GREENSBORO, N.C. - Some of us stayed relatively dry Monday- but those storms can sneak up on you! This week’s forecast calls for showers, storms and heavy downpours, all week long - and you want to make sure your home is safe from flooding, and rain damage.
Until it's a real visible problem - like a flooded basement, a leaky roof, or a bad case of mold - you might not be doing regular maintenance or checks on your house or apartment. But, we spoke with experts who normally clean up the mess, about what to do before it's too late.
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Here’s a quick list from 1st Aide Restoration in Greensboro, on how to prepare for and mitigate weather issues:
- Make sure gutters remain clean
- Downspouts should connect, and channel water away from the building – with splash blocks in place
- Landscaping should slope away from the house
- Keep shingles and roofs in good repair
- Check on trees surrounding home, and overhanging branches
- If you have a sump pump system, make sure it is operational
- If you have a crawl space, make sure your foundation vents are clear of debris
- Look under cabinets for leaks
- Look up – and see if there’s discoloration or leaks from your ceiling
Making sure you don't have a problem, prior to storms, will save you money in the long run.
While most home insurance policies will come with some protection against roof damage, or leaks, getting covered by a flood insurance policy might require a separate plan. You can check to see how close you are to a flood plain here.
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