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What to Do if Rain Infiltrates Your Home | SERVPRO of Hattiesburg

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

Jets of rain drain into the drainage system on the roof of the house If you have water damage in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg for a fast response.

Rainwater can cause significant damage to your home, both inside and out. Even a small leak can lead to mold growth, rotting wood and water damage. If rain infiltrates your home, it’s important to take immediate action to prevent further damage.

We want your home to stay dry no matter what is in store for us this season, so we provide you with some tips below on what to do if your home has rainwater on the inside.

Locate the Source of the Leak

The first step in dealing with rainwater infiltration is to locate the source of the leak. Look for water stains on your ceilings or walls, and check your attic for signs of water damage. If you have access to your roof, inspect it for missing or damaged shingles, or any other signs of damage.

Check your gutters and downspouts for clogs or damage that could be causing the water to overflow. Once you have located the source of the leak, you can take steps to prevent further damage. 

Place buckets or other containers under any leaks to catch the water. If you have a wet/dry vacuum, use it to remove as much water as possible. If there is standing water in your home, use a mop or towels to soak up the water. Be sure to wear protective gear, such as gloves and rubber boots, when dealing with standing water.

Call a Professional
Dealing with rainwater infiltration can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have experience in water damage restoration. If you have significant water damage, it’s best to call a professional. A professional water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO®, has the expertise and equipment to quickly and effectively remove water and dry out your home.

We will arrive quickly to dry up the standing water, and our team will also track down any lingering moisture behind your walls and under your floors. We are as thorough as possible so we can help you avoid serious situations like structural integrity issues and mold infestations. In addition to handling your restoration, we can also help you navigate your insurance claim so you can get the compensation you deserve.

Prevent Future Water Damage
Once you have dealt with the immediate problem of rainwater infiltration, it’s important to take steps to prevent future water damage. Regularly clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs, and inspect your roof for damage after any severe weather. Make sure that your windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent water from seeping in.

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, consider installing flood barriers or a sump pump to prevent water from entering your home. Keep an eye on the forecast and take action as soon as heavy rain is predicted! The more you do ahead of the rain, the better chance you have of staying dry when it starts pouring down. 

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