We’ve all seen firsthand over the past few months the damage water can do to roads and we certainly hope you didn’t experience the power of water damage on your property! But even if your home came through the heavy rain events unscathed, thoroughly checking your property and some simple preventative maintenance now that we’re seeing the sun a bit more regularly is well advised! The old adage of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” doesn’t really fit here and certainly doesn’t ensure your home will remain a healthy living environment or indeed won’t require some preventative maintenance to keep it free from defects.
One of the most common questions we get asked from home owners around the Shoalhaven is: “Are there things I should check at my home after heavy rain?”
With an emphasis on the word ‘heavy’, the answer is yes.
Why? That answer comes in two parts:
Ensure a healthy living environment
First things first. The physical structure of your home of course provides protection from the outdoor elements such as rain and temperature variations. But like the humans that occupy it, your home needs to breathe too.
Heavy rain can create a damp environment within your home and this can have an adverse impact on the biology of the air you breathe within it. There are some obvious indications of dampness which can include mould, swollen wooden doors and increased ‘creepy crawlies’ inside (as they try to escape the wet area outside).
It’s important to check for these indications of dampness and, when possible, allow as much ventilation as possible i.e. open windows and doors to let the house ‘breathe’ and dry out. You can also install moisture absorbers and desiccants; hardware stores such as Bunnings have a wide variety available.
If any mould is evident it’s important that you clean the affected areas thoroughly as it can lead to some very serious health hazards.
Reduce the risk of damage to your home
After a major storm or wet weather event it is well worth the time and effort to make a visual external check of your home. It’s always better to err on the side of safety and switch off any gas or electricity supplies before you make the inspection.
If you’re not comfortable doing this then any professional plumbing company can have a technician schedule a visit instead.
If you’re doing it yourself, what should you look for?
The first external visual inspection should include looking for:
Of course, you should also inspect the internals of your home. This should include looking for:
Our team at Parrish Plumbing is always available to offer advice and ready to dispatch one of our qualified plumbing technicians to support you. Above all else, don’t put yourself at risk when checking your home after a storm or major rainfall. The ground is likely to be slippery, trees may be unstable, roofing and guttering can be heavy and hazardous. If in doubt, just give our team a call.