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Preparing Your Home’s Lower Levels for Summer Storms

Summer Storms

As the summer months approach, so do summer storms. While these storms can bring much-needed rain to your garden, they can also wreak havoc on your home's lower levels if you're unprepared. Several issues can arise, from flooding to water damage during a summer storm. In this blog post, we'll discuss some tips and tricks for preparing your home's lower levels to withstand the impact of summer storms.

1. Keep Gutters and Downspouts Clear

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for summer storms is to keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris. When these are clogged, rainwater can overflow and pool around your home's foundation, increasing the risk of flooding in your basement or lower levels. Regularly clean out your gutters and downspouts to ensure water is properly directed away from your home.

2. Install a Sump Pump

If you live in an area prone to heavy rainfall or have experienced flooding, installing a sump pump in your basement can be a lifesaver. A sump pump collects excess water and pumps it away from your home, preventing water from seeping into your basement during a storm. Test your sump pump regularly to ensure it's in good working condition when you need it most.

3. Seal Cracks and Gaps

Water can find its way into even the smallest cracks and gaps in your home's foundation during a storm. Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or gaps where water could potentially enter, and seal them with caulk or weatherstripping. This simple step can help prevent water damage and keep your lower levels dry during a summer storm.

4. Elevate Important Items

If you have valuable items stored in your basement or lower levels, consider elevating them off the floor to protect them from potential flooding. Use shelves or storage containers to keep items off the ground level, where they're more likely to get wet during a storm. This extra precaution can save you from costly damage caused by rising waters.

5. Have an Emergency Plan

Despite all precautions taken, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. It's essential to have an emergency plan in place in case of severe weather or flooding. Know how to shut off utilities in an emergency, have an evacuation plan for family members, and keep important documents and supplies handy in case you need to leave quickly.

Chattanooga’s Waterproofing and Foundation Experts

If you're looking to fortify your Chattanooga, TN home against summer storms, United Structural Systems, is here to help. Our team of experts specializes in foundation repair and waterproofing services designed to keep your lower levels dry and secure. Don't wait for the next downpour to test your home's defenses—contact us today at (615) 307-9510 to schedule a consultation and ensure your home is storm-ready.

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