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There are many ways that your Laconia home can be at risk of flooding. Plumbing can break within the walls of your home, your sewer could back up, or an appliance could break. When these issues happen, you should call a water damage cleanup specialist like All Brite Cleaning and Restoration, but it can be hard to avoid appliance disasters before they crop up. However, if you live in an area where there is a rainy season that causes problems, there are some easy ways to prevent the seasonal flooding of your home.
Clean Your Gutters
Keeping your gutters clean from muck and debris may seem like a no-brainer, but the saying “out of sight, out of mind” seems to apply here. Many people don’t think about cleaning out their gutters just because they don’t notice that they need cleaning. One way to easily remember cleaning your gutters is to schedule dates on your calendar to check them. You don’t need to do it very regularly unless you live in an area surrounded by many trees that constantly drop leaves or branches, but every couple of months, mark a day where you can check on them. If you aren’t steady on your feet, hire a company to do this for you.
Have a Good Drainage System
The water backed up in your gutters isn’t the only problem that can cause flooding. Even if your gutters are working well, the water has to go somewhere and if you don’t have a good drainage system, you could have standing water that eventually seeps into your home. If this happens, you should notify a water damage cleanup professional right away, but meanwhile, make sure you have a good drainage system in your yard. Take a level out and check to see if the earth has a downward grade away from your home. If you live on a hill where one side is sloped toward your home, make sure you have underground drains and pipes that will swiftly transport the water down the hill away from your home.
Protect Your Roof
Replacing your roof can be an expensive undertaking, and fortunately, they only need to be replaced every twenty years or so depending on the material. However, if you don’t maintain them, they might not last so long. It may be a good idea to trim branches regularly from trees surrounding your home that are at risk of falling and damaging the roof during a wind storm. Also, if snow tends to stay on your roof without sliding off easily, you should regularly rake the snow off. Snow and ice can build up in your home and become too heavy for your roof to bear, which will eventually damage it and cause leaking during the later rainy months. Sometimes roof damage can go unnoticed for months before it starts leaking, but if water starts coming into your home unexpectedly, make sure to call a professional water damage cleanup crew to take care of it.