Does your home get flooded after a heavy rain spell? Here’s what you need to know and do!
Heavy rain can cause flooding in your home, which can damage the foundation. Once water enters your home, your furniture and other belongings get damaged due to water seepage. Although rain flooding isn’t a common occurrence all over the world.
Causes of rain flooding
Keep reading to learn more about what causes rain flooding in your home.
Broken or leaking Pipes
Even if one of the pipes in your home is broken or has started to leak, it can cause havoc on your home in times of heavy rainfall. Therefore, you must maintain your pipes and take care of leaks right away.
Poor drainage is probably the most common cause of flooding, due to rainwater having nowhere to go. Not only would the water start standing in your basement and home, but it can also damage your walls, floorings, furniture, etc.
One of the reasons water starts standing is that it has nowhere to go. If your gutters are clogged, the rainwater will continue accumulating in your basement and the rest of the home. Therefore, you need to clean your gutters regularly to prevent clogging in times of heavy rainfall.
Weak or Damaged Foundation
A weak foundation allows rainwater to find its way into your home. This can damage your home even further and destroy your belongings.
What to do after flooding?
If you find yourself in a situation where your home is flooded from the rainwater, we recommend taking the following steps:
If it has stopped raining, open your doors and windows to let air circulate through your home naturally. Open all your drawers, cabinets, closets, etc., so they can start drying out.
Run a dehumidifier
If the heavy rainfall has made your home damp, running a dehumidifier will help you remove the moisture from the air indoors. Dehumidify one room at a time. Keep the windows and doors of the room closed while the dehumidifier is working. You probably already have a dehumidifier at home. If not, they aren’t very expensive, and you can get one from a local store.
Pump out the water
If you find parts of your home submerged in water, then you’ll need a sump pump to suck it out mechanically. A sump pump moves standing water out of the house through a pipe or a hose. You don’t need to buy a sump pump for one-time use because many companies rent it out for a very low price.
Call water extraction and drying services!
If your home gets flooded with rainwater on the regular, the best course of action would be to call professional extraction and drying services. A water damage restoration company will not only get rid of water from your home, but they will also ensure that your belongings don’t get further damaged due to water.