Every year, Florida experiences its heaviest rainfall from May through October. During these five months of the year, you may wonder how to best protect your home from the excess moisture. Heavy rain can cause flooding in your house or yard, destroy your landscaping, and lead to leaks if your roof isn’t in good shape. Protect your property during the rainy season by taking a few steps before the clouds open and start pouring down.
While your AC system is created to withstand the elements, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning technician to inspect likely damage. In extreme weather conditions like a torrential downpour, your air conditioning can experience severe damage to the moving parts and electrical components if it sits in standing water. Inspect the area around your AC unit to make sure it isn’t in a flood zone and located in a safe space away from falling branches.
A leaky roof is a major problem for any homeowner. Water coming through the roof can cause significant damage to the structure, including the drywall and flooring, as well as destroy your personal possessions. If the leak goes undetected because it’s in an attic or another rarely accessed area, you could end up with mold growth and other concerning issues. Before the rainy season begins, hire a roofing inspector to take a closer look at your roof. The inspector can determine the condition of your roof and how much longer it will last before requiring repair or replacement.
It’s also smart to take a walk around your property and look for signs of flooding or other damage. Keep an eye out for water spots that are settling or puddling in your yard. When the soil is backfilled around the foundation, it will be looser than other sections of dirt, so water can move through it and cause damage to the foundation below. If your foundation has cracks or other damage, you may want to consider bringing in an expert for repair since water can seep through these cracks and flood your house.
Your home has a gutter system to move water away from the roof and allow it to drain in the proper place. If your gutters are clogged or broken, they won’t be able to maintain adequate drainage, which often results in damage to the roof as water sits up there throughout the rainstorm. Clean out your gutters every April, and do it again a few months into the rainy season to make sure water can flow properly.
Weatherstripping in your home can prevent moisture from seeping in through cracks and gaps around windows and doors. If your weatherstripping is cracked or missing, replace it before the rainy season starts. An added benefit of this task is that it can help improve efficiency and reduce the cost of your monthly energy bills.
A flood can be devastating to a home, so it’s critical to make sure you’re covered if anything should happen. Preparing your home and doing everything you can to avoid a flood is smart, but you should make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy covers flooding as well. Up to 20 percent of flood insurance claims come from areas that are deemed low to moderate risk, so don’t assume you’re fine if you live in one of these zones.
At All Year cooling, we offer services to help clients protect their homes during the rainy spring and summer months in Florida. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help protect your property.