Storms and hurricanes are a regular part of life in the Roanoke Valley, bringing the threat of flooded homes and thousands of dollars in repair and cleanup costs. But even a little water seeping into your home over time can mean unpleasant dampness and the growth of unhealthy mold and mildew.
Protect Your Home
Planning ahead is the best defense when the rain does fall. There are steps that any homeowner can take to secure their houses against flooding, if they’re not afraid of a little DIY:
- Gutters: Clean the gutters and make sure the downspouts aren’t clogged. Make sure water is being directed away from the home to avoid it pooling around the foundation, where it can seep into the basement.
- Cracks: Inspect your foundation for cracks. Seal any cracks or holes you find with cement putty or epoxy.
- Seals: Make sure basement windows are sealed and have a window well to prevent water from seeping in.
- Landscaping: Make sure dirt slopes away from the foundation of the home in order to channel water away.
Sometimes, though, flooding is going to happen, no matter how well prepared the home. The next line of defense against flooding is the installation of a sump pump, which drains pooling water out of the basement. The experts at Southern Trust can install a sump pump in your Roanoke home, along with a backup battery system or generator to keep the pump running even if the power goes out.
Even without the threat of flooding, maintaining correct moisture levels in your house means more comfort in the long run. Southern Trust can install air quality systems to keep humidity at optimum levels. If you are interested in having a sump pump or air quality systems installed, contact Southern Trust today at (540) 343-4348 or visit www.southerntrusthomeservices.com.