Check and Clean Your Gutters
While it was raining, did you notice water spilling out of the sides of your gutters? This likely means your gutters are clogged or malfunctioning. Gutters are key for channeling water away from your roof and into key drainage areas in your yard. If they are not working properly, water can damage your roof and drain unevenly, affecting your walls and foundation. Once the rain stops, perform these quick tasks:
- Remove leaves and debris from your gutters
- Check your gutters for rust and damage
- Check drainage spouts to make sure they are clear
- Check drainage routes to make sure water is channeled away from your basement and foundation.
Check Your Windows and Window Sills for Moisture
Prolonged humidity and fog can help you determine whether your windows require replacement. If you noticed moisture forming inside window panes, or on your window sills, it is likely indicative of failing weather sealant. Mold can develop on wet window sills, so make sure you dry moisture as soon as you see it.
Check Your Yard for Excess Water
Prolonged heavy rainfall can help you identify trouble spots in your yard. Over time, areas of your property can collect water. This can create several issues, including:
- Allergies: Mold spores can form in wet areas outside as well.
- Invasive Water: Water can begin to corrode the foundations of your outdoor buildings.
- Wood Rot: Excess water can lead to wood rot in your fencing materials.
- Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes need excess water to breed.
- After all of this rain, take a few moments to make sure rainwater is draining properly from your yard.
Check Your Basement or Crawlspace for Excess Moisture
The presence of moisture in your basement creates the environment in which mold can thrive. Mold can develop within 48 hours of the occurrence of water damage. If water is not draining properly in your yard, water will invade your foundation walls leading cracks, corrosion, and excess humidity.
This heavy rainfall presents homeowners with an opportunity to examine their basements and crawlspaces. If there are issues with drainage on your property, they will likely present this week. Signs of mold development include:
- Sour odor, like an old, damp towel
- The presence of moisture
- Water damage
- Appearance of fuzzy cultures
Leaking pipes and old water damage from malfunctioning appliances can also lead to moisture and mold issues. If you have plumbing or drainage concerns in and around your home, we are here to help. We are experienced plumbers in the Asheville area, familiar with the unique plumbing installation and repair challenges in western North Carolina.