How to Prepare Your Home for Heavy Rain – Before, During, and After the Storm
A little bit of rain is often welcome in Texas; it helps keep our lawns green and gives us a reason to turn off our sprinkler systems. However, lot of rain like today’s storm can cause serious damage to your home. Here are a few quick times to keep your household out of danger during severe weather.
Before the Storm.
- Roof: Inspect your roof for areas of concern such as missing or buckling shingles, or damaged flashing. If you find an area of concern, make a note to further inspect after the storm on your own or hire a professional for a thorough inspection.
- Gutters: Clean out any debris or leaves so your gutters are able collect and funnel water from the roof away from your home. Make sure your gutters aren’t broken or leaking. Ensure downspouts are pointed away from your foundation.
- Doors & Windows: Shut all doors and windows in your home and check their seal for gaps that could allow water to seep in.
- Outdoor Equipment: Bring inside or secure any patio furniture, gardening tools, and lawn mowers. These items could become projectiles in severe weather.
During Heavy Rains.
- Stay inside and avoid driving unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Tune into your local weather for reports and be aware of flash flood warnings!
- Stay away from windows and doors as they can be blown in due to heavy rain and high winds.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment and cords, and avoid water during storms. Do not take a shower, do dishes, or put in a load of laundry. Plumbing ,bathroom fixtures, and electrical fixtures can conduct electricity as well.
After the Storm is Over.
- Continue to listen to weather reports on local television or radio news channels.
- Survey your property for damage. Remember to be careful where you step as there could be broken tree branches, debris, or items out of place.
- Stay away from any power lines that may have fallen. Report downed lines to 911 and your utility service provider.
- Never drive through a flooded roadway – turn around, don’t drown!