Are You Prepared?

David silvaconstruction.com 4It’s been all over the news lately about the upcoming El Nino. There are reports of an extreme weather pattern forming which will cause a record amount of rain. There are a few things that you might want to consider in order to be prepared.

You can have your roof checked for leaks. This might just entail a quick check to make sure there are no areas that might leak. Contractors do this service for free. If it needs a “tune up” the cost will be in the hundreds rather than the thousands to replace it.

Do your windows leak? You can have them tested for a few hundred dollars to make sure they are not leaking.

Are you in a water restricted area? You can put up gutters and install a water storage tank above or below ground to catch the extra water. This water could be used for your gardens, landscaping, toilet etc.

How is your drainage? Do you have issues with flooding on your property? You can put catch basins with proper drainage to the street. If you are on an improperly graded lot, you may need sump pumps to get the water off your land.

Do you have planters that are up against the house? Make sure the soil slopes away from the house. If the stucco was properly waterproofed, you might get mold inside due to all the water the planter will catch.

These are just a few things to think about. The last thing to keep in mind is that if you aren’t prepared, it will be harder to find a reputable contractor at the last minute. If your roof is leaking at 2 am causing thousands of dollars in damage it will be hard to find a person to cover your roof. It’s better to be prepared than having these repairs turn into more problems because they weren’t fixed ahead of time.

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