How to Prevent Indoor Flooding in the Spring

With all the warmth and beauty that comes with spring, there is are some unpleasant signs. Spring rain is perhaps the most concerning feature of the season. It rains frequently during the springtime, which can make vulnerable structures and foundations more susceptible to deteriorating much faster. It can also create a whole new set of problems that could prove costly for homeowners. Let’s look at some of the ways that you can prevent indoor flooding in the spring.

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Water-proof the Ceiling

To protect the structural integrity of your home and prevent the development of unsightly ceiling stains, it’s essential to waterproof your ceiling before spring arrives. First check the roof for signs of damage, like gaps in the roof flashings, cracks in the rubber vent boots, missing shingles or raised shingles that can cause ceiling leak. Address vulnerabilities, like securing torn felt under shingles with heated tar and fastening loose shingles. Address any exterior problems that can cause a leaky ceiling during spring.

 

Cover Window Well

It is possible for clogged window well drains to fill up with water and flood the interior of your home. Debris, like plastic bags, leaves, and paper can clog these drains and cause water to pool and overflow. Window well covers are a great option to use to keep the wells debris-free and prevent rain from seeping and leaking into the home. Be sure to install a cover that is high quality and can provide a veritable seal. Consider plastic window well covers, which have proven to be particularly effective at preventing basement flooding.

 

Fortify Attic Insulation

Inadequate attic ventilation can be a source of interior leaks because it deteriorates the entire roofing system. Access the attic and assess the insulation, locate areas where there is moisture, leaks and exposed pipes. Some ways to waterproof the attic include, fixing leaking plumbing pipes, insulate water pipes and repairing leaks in the roof.

Waterproof Windows and Doors

When it comes to your windows and doors, when poorly installed, they can be entry points for water. Water can enter by leaking directly through the unit or around the unit, by way of the gasketing system or a failure in the unit assembly. You want to have a handle on these issues before the rainy spring season. The right caulk can be used to provide a waterproof seal for doors and windows, while self-adhesive waterproof flashing can keep out wind-driven rain.

 

Spring brings many rainy days, and it is essential that your home is prepared to handle the water thrown at it. Indoor flooding is not a situation that any homeowner wants to face. The results can be costly and burdensome. Some preventative measures that can be taken to prevent such a disaster include, waterproofing the ceiling, windows, and doors, properly insulating the attic and covering the window well.