Rainy seasons can be a cause of concern for homeowners, as heavy rainfall can lead to water intrusion in homes. To prevent any potential damage, it is important to conduct a post-rain inspection to check for leaks. In this blog post, we will discuss three essential areas to inspect after heavy rainfall to ensure your home stays dry.
1. ATTIC/ROOF INSPECTION
The attic is one of the most common areas for water intrusion. Check for any signs of water, especially around air vents. Flashing on the roof often fails and creates spaces for water to enter. If you don’t see any visible signs of water, check the insulation for moisture. Use a flashlight to look for any wet spots on the plywood sheathing. If you spot any stains, it could indicate an older source of water intrusion. Report any issues to a licensed roofer and get them fixed as soon as possible.
2. DOOR AND WINDOW CHECK
Windows and doors are other common entry point for water. Inspect all windows on the interior, especially around window sills and corners. If you’ve replaced the original builder windows, check all the areas where the new windows have been caulked. Failed or deteriorated caulking can create an easy conduit for water to enter, especially when winds accompany the rain. Check the base of all french doors and sliders. Compromised tracks and thresholds are common entry points for water, especially when it’s been wind-driven.
3. CEILING ONCE OVER
Check the ceilings in every room, including your closets and kitchen cabinets that might go all the way to the ceiling. Look for any signs of protruding drywall tape or cracking in vaulted or volume ceilings. Any signs of discoloration or dark stains mean water has been coming in. Look with an eagle eye, as even the tiniest stain indicates a problem. A slow leak that goes undetected can lead to mold, which can spread like wildfire.
Conducting a post-rain inspection to check for leaks is essential to ensure your home stays dry. Paying attention to your attic, roof, windows, doors, and ceilings can prevent water intrusion and potential damage to your home. Don’t become a statistic and take the necessary steps to protect your home and family.
Moisture intrusion is the number one source of insurance claims, with multi-millions of dollars paid out every year. The little due diligence you put in now will head off any potential problems later. And when the rains come back, you can rest easy knowing you’ve battened down the hatches, literally and figuratively.