How to Handle Heavy Rain | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul
Rain gently falling down can be a much-welcomed break from hot and dry temperatures in the spring and the summer. It seems to calm the world around us down, leaving everything sweet-smelling and refreshed.
When rain gets heavy, though, it can challenge our gutters and leave our roofs leaking. Heavy rain also comes with other threats like high wind that can cause damages of their own. And when rain starts to overwhelm the ground, our basements are threatened.
SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is right around the corner, ready to take care of any damage you might incur during a heavy rain storm. We also want to make sure you know how to stay safe and protect your home against potential disasters. The good news is that only takes a few steps to do both.
There are many perks to living in Spring Valley and the surrounding areas, with a big one certainly being the mostly mild weather we are fortunate to experience most of the year. Even though our temps don’t always reach extreme highs or lows, we do still experience severe thunderstorms, derechos and floods. In May, we even saw a round of severe weather that brought tornado warnings to much of our area.
Living so close to San Diego Bay and the Pacific also means we can see coastal storms and flooding. Heavy rains can leave our streets covered in water and the Bay overflowing, making all of our homes vulnerable to water damage.
We might not be able to prevent flooding, but we can prepare for it. Creating a plan with your family and keeping a close eye on local forecasts is a great first step in being able to take quick action when dangerous rain or other flooding conditions are predicted.
Staying safe should always be your top priority when it comes to preparing your home and your family for flooding. If you are on the road, head home or find a safe interior location away from ditches or roads that may become waterlogged.
If you are at home, bring inside anything that could be swept away in a flash flood. Park your car somewhere safe as well, and take anything off the lower levels of your home that you can’t replace. If severe flooding is predicted and likely, turn the electricity off to the lowest levels of your home.
During the storm, if your home starts taking on water, move to the highest location possible and wait it out. Don’t attempt to walk through floodwaters while they are still flowing, there is a good possibility they are moving a lot faster than you think. Stay as dry as possible and give us a call as soon as you can to start taking the next steps towards your recovery.
With weather that can be less than predictable, even the most prepared home might see a disaster at some point. While we work to restore your home after a flood, we will make sure that everything is put back together exactly as it should be and help you make some decisions that could prevent future damages.
Starting outside of your home is the best way to protect it against heavy rains and other natural causes of flooding. Seek the advice of a professional, and consider adding more grading and organic materials to your yard. This is a great way to ensure rain rolls away from your home or is absorbed before it can cause puddles.
If you don’t already have one, or yours just couldn’t keep up during the last event, a sump pump upgrade in your basement or crawl space can go a long way in keeping water out of your home. Sump pumps force water away from your foundation, keeping your basement drier and protecting your home from the bottom up.
Our SERVPRO® crew is always ready to respond to your home when water leaves it wet. With our expertise and industry-leading equipment, we can tackle everything from the smallest spill to the biggest flood. We will get you back to living life in no time.
We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.