What to Know Regarding How Rain Can Lead to Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo
So many types of water damage are caused by small amounts of water, and while dramatic incidents might be the first thing that comes to mind, any amount of moisture can lead to issues. Heavy rain showers are persistent enough to cause serious damage, simply because they can work their way into minuscule openings that may have been overlooked.
Knowing the facts about how this can happen and where you are likely to see it can help homeowners prepare as well as they can for an incident like that to occur.
Be Aware That Water Damage Is a Possibility After Heavy Rain
Backup of clogged gutters. Your twice-yearly gutter cleaning is more than just a general chore—it is actually a great defense against water damage to your home. Clogged gutters can lead to pools throughout the system, and if the water is allowed to sit for too long it can eventually begin seeping into the home instead.
Leaks around windows and doors. The weatherproofing measures taken to seal windows and doors can deteriorate with time, letting rainwater in through microscopic cracks in their seals. This can lead to damage of the vulnerable wood underneath and may go unnoticed for a while if you do not know to look for it.
Poor drainage around the foundation. Installing proper drainage and water-routing landscaping is a smart preventive measure in regard to water pooling up around the foundation. If it is allowed to sit for a long time, it can begin to seep inward on your home instead.
Leaks in and around the roof. No matter how new a roof is, leaks are still a possibility—especially after heavy rain showers come through. Shingles go missing or come loose and create a vulnerability that should be repaired as quickly as possible to prevent this.
Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. For those with basements or crawl spaces, a sump pump is a great water damage defense, as long as it is maintained. Sump pump malfunctions due to inadequate maintenance can lead to serious damages on their own.
Leaks around chimneys and skylights. Any feature on your roof that must be sealed against the elements can eventually deteriorate enough to cause a problem. Regular inspections are the best thing you can do to be aware of any potential problems that could develop with time.
If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us 24⁄7 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.