Rain Rain Go Away - Protecting Your Home From Heavy Rain

Rain, Rain, Go Away: Protecting Your Home from Heavy Rainfall

Shane Howison - Northern Beaches Plumbing Expert

Welcome to today’s topic close to every homeowner’s heart – heavy rainfalls.

Now, we all know how unpredictable mother nature can be, especially when it comes to a good old downpour.

So, let’s get stuck into some preventative measures to keep your home high and dry during those wet spells.

1. Clean Out Those Gutters:

First things first, let’s talk gutters. They might not be the most glamorous part of your home, but they play a crucial role in preventing water damage. Get up there and give them a good clean! Leaves, debris, and the odd tennis or cricket ball tend to find their way into your gutters, causing blockages that can lead to overflowing water. It’s a simple job, but it can save you a world of trouble. Consider installing a Gutter Guard to permanently stop leaves and debris from entering you gutters in the first place.

2. Check Your Downpipes:

Now, that you’ve got those gutters spick and span, don’t forget about the downpipes. Make sure they’re clear and free flowing, directing water away from your home’s foundation. It’s all about guiding that H2O where you want it, rather than letting it create a swimming pool in your backyard.

3. Invest in Quality Drainage Systems:

Drainage Solutions - Stormwater Pit Consider investing in quality drainage systems around your property. Properly designed and installed drainage can make a world of difference during heavy rainfalls. It’s like giving your home a set of rain boots – keeping the water out and the foundation dry.

4. Seal the Cracks:

Inspect your home for any cracks or gaps that might let water sneak in. A bit of silicone sealant or weatherstripping can work wonders in keeping the wet stuff where it belongs – outside. Think of it as giving your home a waterproof jacket!

5. Keep an Eye on Your Sump Pump:

For those of you with a basement, your sump pump is your best friend in preventing flooding. Make sure it’s in good working order by testing it regularly. If it’s not up to scratch, consider getting a new one to avoid any surprises when the heavens open up.

6. Landscaping Matters:

Believe it or not, how you’ve landscaped your yard can affect how water drains. Sloping your lawn away from the house can help prevent water pooling around the foundation. It’s like giving your home a natural drainage system.

7. Stormwater:

Have a look at your stormwater drains, clear away any debris and ensure they are free flowing. A little bit of maintenance on your outdoor drains goes a long way in preventing a potential water buildup.

8. Windows:

Check the seals around your windows and doors. No one wants a surprise water feature indoors!

9. Inspect Roof Insulation:

Check your roof insulation for any signs of leaks or water damage.

10. Building Foundation:

Keep an eye on your building’s foundation during heavy rain. If you notice puddling or saturation, it’s time to act. Proper drainage solutions, like French drains, can work wonders in keeping your foundation solid.

Remember, a little bit of preparation goes a long way when it comes to heavy rainfalls. Take the time to give your home some love and attention, and you’ll be thanking yourself when the next storm rolls in. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to call in the experts – we’re always here to help you keep your home dry. Stay dry and stay safe! Cheers!

Call us on 1300 566 292 to find out more…

Best regards,
Shane Howison
Your Trusted Local Plumbing Expert

1. Clean Out Those Gutters:

First things first, let’s talk gutters. They might not be the most glamorous part of your home, but they play a crucial role in preventing water damage. Get up there and give them a good clean! Leaves, debris, and the odd tennis or cricket ball tend to find their way into your gutters, causing blockages that can lead to overflowing water. It’s a simple job, but it can save you a world of trouble. Consider installing a Gutter Guard to permanently stop leaves and debris from entering you gutters in the first place.

2. Check Your Downpipes:

Now, that you’ve got those gutters spick and span, don’t forget about the downpipes. Make sure they’re clear and free flowing, directing water away from your home’s foundation. It’s all about guiding that H2O where you want it, rather than letting it create a swimming pool in your backyard.

3. Invest in Quality Drainage Systems:

Drainage Solutions - Stormwater Pit
Consider investing in quality drainage systems around your property. Properly designed and installed drainage can make a world of difference during heavy rainfalls. It’s like giving your home a set of rain boots – keeping the water out and the foundation dry.

4. Seal the Cracks:

Inspect your home for any cracks or gaps that might let water sneak in. A bit of silicone sealant or weatherstripping can work wonders in keeping the wet stuff where it belongs – outside. Think of it as giving your home a waterproof jacket!

5. Keep an Eye on Your Sump Pump:

For those of you with a basement, your sump pump is your best friend in preventing flooding. Make sure it’s in good working order by testing it regularly. If it’s not up to scratch, consider getting a new one to avoid any surprises when the heavens open up.

6. Landscaping Matters:

Believe it or not, how you’ve landscaped your yard can affect how water drains. Sloping your lawn away from the house can help prevent water pooling around the foundation. It’s like giving your home a natural drainage system.

7. Stormwater:

Have a look at your stormwater drains, clear away any debris and ensure they are free flowing. A little bit of maintenance on your outdoor drains goes a long way in preventing a potential water buildup.

8. Windows:

Check the seals around your windows and doors. No one wants a surprise water feature indoors!

9. Inspect Roof Insulation:

Check your roof insulation for any signs of leaks or water damage.

10. Building Foundation:

Keep an eye on your building’s foundation during heavy rain. If you notice puddling or saturation, it’s time to act. Proper drainage solutions, like French drains, can work wonders in keeping your foundation solid.

Remember, a little bit of preparation goes a long way when it comes to heavy rainfalls. Take the time to give your home some love and attention, and you’ll be thanking yourself when the next storm rolls in. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to call in the experts – we’re always here to help you keep your home dry. Stay dry and stay safe! Cheers!

Remember, taking swift action against mould is crucial for maintaining a healthy living environment. By following these friendly tips and seeking professional assistance when needed, you’ll bid farewell to mould and welcome a clean, mould-free bathroom and home.

Call us on 1300 566 292 to find out more…

Best regards,
Shane Howison
Your Trusted Local Plumbing Expert

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