Finally rain is here, we are all very happy now that the nation’s prayers has been heard and answered. At least we are free from the scorching heat that we have experienced the past weeks. As with everything in life, however, be careful what you wish for. While there is a chance precipitation will be only moderate, there is also the possibility of powerful, drenching rainstorms that can quickly create trouble on many fronts.
The recent dry heat may have caused wood structures to shrink and to open up expansion joints, possibly creating leak points. Call your roofer to check for trouble spots and repair any old leaks. Use your hose to make sure the flashing is directing water off the roof and into the gutters.
2. Have Means To Divert Water.
Have materials on hand to divert water. Sandbags, concrete edgers and straw-waddle tubing can effectively channel water away from structures to drainage areas. Yo do not want water puddles all over your yard.
3. Put Away Garden Furniture And Tools.
Sheds, fences, gates, tables, trampolines and even trees can be uprooted from their foundations and be found again the next morning on the next-door neighbor’s back lawn. Secure loose fencing panels, ensure your gate shuts tightly and won’t bang.
4. Power and Communications Outage Safety
Power and communications outages can be more widespread and last longer than a thunderstorm. Be ready for outages inside and outdoors by taking precautions and actions to minimize inconvenience and maximize safety. Protect sensitive electrical equipment by installing power protection devices that can be purchased at department, hardware or electronics stores.
5. Take Your Time When Driving.
Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. One of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain, as oils on roadway make for slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer plan when it is raining.
6. Carry An Umbrella.
If you are walking, make sure that you have a big and strong umbrella in handy. This will help you to avoid getting too wet and also catching a cold. Also when you have an umbrella, water wont get in your eyes, and you will have clear visibility.
7. Examine Your Window Panes.
The persistent hot, dry weather may have caused the glazing compound to shrink and pull away from the glass panes. Loosened panes can allow rain penetration. Check and fix as needed.
8. Be Aware Of Ant Invasion.
If wet weather in the past has sent ants or other bugs scurrying into your house, now is the time to bring in an exterminator.
9. Talk To Your Neighbors.
If your house lies below another house, you’ll want to find out where their property drains. If they’ve changed the natural flow path, they may be liable for damage caused by storm runoff from their property onto yours.
10. Plan Ahead.
The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions is by not being in danger in the first place. Many ways are available to gain weather information including, watching current weather forecasts on TV or the internet.