2019 is going to be a terrible year for rain damage. This summer’s going to be unusually wet and rainy, according to ye olde Farmer’s Almanac. The unusually large amount of rain is going to raise the risk of basement floods and other water-related damage. So make sure you’re ready to deal with the unthinkable when it happens by following these easy tips to avoiding interior rain damage.
Spot the Leak Early with a Water Sensor
Water sensors won’t prevent flooding, but they will help you limit the damage once it starts. Water sensors (or detectors) are incredibly handy devices that will alert you (with either an alarm or a message sent over wi-fi) to the presence of water within a specified area. This is extremely useful for laundry rooms, bathrooms, or any area that may be prone to leaks. If you can stop a leak, Odd Job can handle the clean-up.
Get Rid of Water with a Sump Pump
Sump Pumps are pumps that sit in a low hole or well beneath your basement. When water flows into this well, either slowly and naturally from the earth surrounding your house, or quickly during a rain storm, the pump draws the water away using a series of pipes. Withotu a sump pump, moisture can easily collect beneath your home or in your basement, causing structural damage that is incredibly expense to repair.
Prevent Gross Rain Damage with a Backflow Valve
Flood waters can contain more than just water. When the storm waters rise, they carry debris with them, which can lead to clogged sewer lines and — well, you know what flows through sewers. With nowhere else to go, this sewage can back up into your home and cause smelly, even dangerous damage. A backflow (or backwater) valve automatically closes if there’s a back-up, preventing your home from being deluged with detritus.