If you are anything like me you wait until the last minute to start getting prepared for storm season. All of the recent rainfall in Santa Clara County put me in a rough situation at about 9pm outside in the pouring rain. Can you guess what the problem was? My backyard flooding! I heard what sounded like tons of water spilling off the side of my house and walked outside and realized that my rain gutters were completely clogged and useless. I needed to do something fast. I got the ladder and a flashlight and started my investigations. What I found was that all of the leaves that had fallen on my roof had washed down into my rain gutters and clogged them. Therefore separating the gutters away from my roof and creating a gap for the water to fall through. Nightmare! That being said, I should have cleaned this prior to the storms and the water would have flowed properly. By not getting prepared for the storms I run the risk of my foundation getting waterlogged. Not to mention that my pool was on the verge of overflow due to the heavy rain. Have a backup plan such as a sump pump or use the reverse pump and backwash it, be careful and only do this to a safe level of water.
Here is a list of ways you can prepare for storm season and prevent situations like I experienced:
- Rake your leaves regularly.
- Clean your rain gutters and downspouts.
- Cover your patio furniture.
- Check for air leaks from your windows and doors.
- Cover your air conditioning condenser.
- Replace the air filter in your heating system.
- Get your chimney professionally cleaned every 5 years.
- Get sandbags from your local water district.
- Avoid your pool overflowing by having a backup plan.