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How to Keep Rain Water out of your Jackson Home

1/25/2023 (Permalink)

Water coming through ceiling of a dining room When your Jackson home or commercial property suffers water damage, SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

Below are ten things you can to prevent rain water from entering your home:

  1. Clean Rain Gutters: It is recommended that you clean your gutters biannually. During rain fall if your gutters are clogged from debris or any other matter, it can create a blockage and eventually overflow. The overflow has nowhere to go other than down the exterior of your home and potentially direct water
    into your home.
  2. Increase GradeMake sure the
    soil next to your home is pitched, or sloped AWAY from your house to divert water.
  3. Sweep Debris Away: If weather permits, sweep outdoor surfaces weekly. Sweep patio and door ways to prevent debris from clogging exterior drains.
  4. Replace Hardscapes: Replacing
    Hardscapes (concrete and asphalt) with crushed gravel or pea gravel is a great way to ensure proper
  5. Divert Downspouts: By
    attaching a corrugated hose to the base of the downspout, it redirects the water away from your
  6. Roof Maintenance: It is recommended that you have your roof inspected annually and/or after a major storm. Your roof is the first line of defense; if it’s in good condition it’s more likely to handle damage
    affected by a storm.
  7. Window Repairs: Window installation and maintenance is paramount. Certain windows are fitted with well drains to guide water away from your house. Improper caulking can be detrimental, by directing water into the structure as opposed to away.
  8. Construct a Swale DitchDigging a trench and filling it with landscaping rock can help prevent water from entering the structure. This is beneficial particularly for yards that are very flat.
  9. Exterior French Drain: For properties on a slope, an exterior French drain is a useful, inexpensive way to divert surface water away from the structure.
  10. Install a Sump Pump: As a last resort, installing a sump pump is an option. Start by digging a well through the basement or slab of the structure. The well may be up to 7 or 10 feet deep. As the water table increases, a sump pump activates and transports water away from the structure.

If you do suffer from water damage, call SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey for all your water cleanup restoration services.  

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