Are you ready for the rainy season?
Don’t get all wet. Prepare for the rainy season while it’s dry.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
We know. The last thing you are thinking about at the summer barbecue is preparing for the stormy season. But after last December when single-day rainfalls were measured in inches and the North Bay received over 4 inches of rain, it really is worth taking a look around your house during fair weather. Finding out you have a problem during inclement conditions is at best inconvenient and at worst very costly.
Check your rain gutters.
This is the first step in safe-guarding your house. Clear them out and make sure they are in good working order to prevent damage to the roof or house. Gutter reattachments can be done by yourself. I will attest this is easier now than in the rain.
Look at your roof.
If you see loose or damaged shingles, get them repaired. Look for tears and buckling on flashing. Check the chimney and look for damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints. Don’t forget the flashing there too.
Check indoors for signs of roof leaks.
Look for discoloration and peeling paint on ceilings and walls. Check in the attic for damp rafters.
Check the trees.
Trim back branches and cut sections that could fall in a rainstorm. If you are removing trees be sure to check with your local Forest Practice Laws. Here’s a link to Northbay resources.
Check doors and windows.
Make sure there are properly insulated with weather stripping.
Look for water collecting at the base of the house.
Redirect water with trenches or drains. You should also think back to the rainy season and identify the spots on your property where water pooled. Smaller puddles can be eliminated with filling in the areas with more vegetation but larger areas will need to be redirected using French drains, swales or ditches.
Keep sandbags on hand.
If your area is prone to flooding, keep them filled and at the ready. Prior to any large weather event check your local community resources. Many San Francisco neighborhoods offer free sandbags. We recommend getting there early as they often run out.
Check for erosion.
This is important if you live near a hillside. We saw a number of homes in Marin disappear down the slopes. Shore them up if necessary.
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