10 Tips to Prepare for the Rainy Season

Preparation now can prevent — or at least lessen problems — ahead of possible stormy days. Here are some things to check on the home front:

  1. Clean and repair home gutters: Clogged ones can cause rainwater to back up and damage your roof and house.
  2. Inspect the roof: Look for loose or damaged shingles.
  3. Look inside at ceilings and walls: Any water damage could be an indication of roof leaks.
  4. Trim trees and bushes next to the house: Eliminate branches that can be weighed down with water or strike houses.
  5. Make sure doors and windows are secure: Install weather stripping where necessary.
  6. Monitor spots where the ground meets your house: Look for water collecting. Dig a trench and redirect the water if needed.
  7. Stockpile the sand bags: If you live in flood-prone areas, buy or collect sand bags to help divert water, debris or mud. Have them filled and ready to go before flooding happens.
  8. Look for erosion: Check sloping property hillsides for signs of erosion or slipping, and shore them up if necessary.
  9. Check street drains near your home: If they are clogged, call necessary agencies.
  10. Prepare a supply kit of clothes, food, medication and water – Home Emergency Kit if needed.

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