As the saying goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With the increasing possibility of major weather this weekend in the form of Hurricane Joaquin, here are some tips that may help reduce damage at your home with the impending heavy rainfall and high winds that may be associated with the storm.
• Check your area way drain to make sure it is clear of all debris. This will help to keep the water draining as well as possible in this area, and it will be important to continue to check this during the storm as well.
• The continuous operation of your sump pump will be essential during this time to help move water away from your home, so make sure that no other appliance is plugged into the sump outlet which may overload the circuit.
• Secure anything that could blow away or into the home as a result of the high winds.
• Make sure to have your Homeowner Insurance and other emergency contact information readily available, even for items such as roof shingles or siding blowing off your home.
• Remember that during a severe rainstorm and/or hurricane, it is possible to have water seep into and through windows and doors that typically don’t leak otherwise. This is a weather related issue and will most likely only occur during severe weather.
• Please keep in mind that most subcontractors cannot do work in the heavy rain and strong winds. Of course, you should stay indoors and not attempt to make any such repairs yourself during a storm.
• Of course, as with all emergency planning, make sure that you are well prepared for the event with flashlights, water, canned food and other emergency supplies.
• Please note that if the municipal storm sewer system backs up due to the water volume of the storm, this will affect the ability of water to be able to drain from your lot and it may unavoidably back up.
•Please take extra precautions to make sure that you don’t have any obstructions in the swales that would interfere with the flow of water, resulting from heavy rains. For example, you should remove chicken wire or other tight wire mesh at these areas, as they create a dam impeding water runoff.
Please keep in mind that a hurricane, tropical storm or unusually heavy rainfall is considered an act of nature and is not covered by the warranty. Should you have a leak or an emergency, however, you certainly may contact us and we will do our best to get you in touch with the appropriate party to assist you. In any case, it may be best to first contact your homeowners insurance to report any storm-related damage.
Northern Virginia Warranty Department