Keeping Your Gadsden Home Dry During Heavy Rains | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
You might be surprised by the number of ways water can damage your home. Many people know that flash flooding, strong thunderstorms or interior accidents (like a burst pipe or malfunctioning washing machine) can produce enough water to damage your home.
But there’s another significant threat that is actually much more common to find in your weather forecast—heavy rains. These drenching storms are prevalent during the spring and summer months. And if your home isn’t prepared, it can be damaging.
Water Damage by the Numbers
Did you know that millions of water damage claims are filed every year? Experts in the insurance industry estimate that as many as one out of every 50 homeowners will file a claim over the next year to cover water damage to their home.
Depending on how many people live in your neighborhood, that can mean someone you know will have to deal with water damage this year.
Sometimes water damage is unavoidable. For example, if a flash flood impacts your entire neighborhood, your house might suffer damage. Or if a storm or tornado impacts your community, the storms may leave you with water damage to your home.
But you can do things to ensure your home is ready to withstand some types of water damage.
Getting Ready for Wet Weather
Our technicians are pros at repairing water damage. That means we see many of the issues that cause the damage in the first place.
We’ve put together a few ideas to help you spot ways to make your yard and home safer this spring and summer:
Evaluate your yard. Understanding the way your yard drains and how that impacts your home is vital. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to connect with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.
Invest in helpful landscaping. Many people don’t realize that the right landscaping at your home can make a big difference when it comes to preventing water damage. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.
Look into sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.
If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.