Even though it may be difficult to imagine with the current weather conditions, the coming winter season has been forecasted to be one of heavy and long-lasting rains. While of course that will be a refreshing change from the lengthy drought we have endured the past several years, it will undoubtedly result in many challenges for local homeowners – especially those who have not prepared for possibly record-breaking amounts of water on and around their property.
Here are some suggestions to help get one’s home ready for the expected downpours:
1. Have your roof and any overhangs checked for signs of material cracking, loose tiles or shingles, uplifted or displaced pieces, or worn areas of rock roofs.
2. Inspect all roof vents, chimney flashings and skylights to see if caulking or patching is needed.
3. Clear and check all rain gutters to be sure they are firmly attached and connected to downspouts.
4. Be sure all downspouts are clear, and that they either are directly connected to underground drain pipes or that they direct water at least a few feet away from the house and in a direction that slopes away from the foundation.
5. Have all of your windows checked to be sure they are sealed completely. Even small gaps can allow significant water intrusion in stormy weather.
6. Consider having a drainage expert inspect the entire property to assess any potential problems with water control, and to recommend any improvements that will minimize damage from a possible series of heavy storms. Ask this expert about the benefits of a “French drain” system if it may be appropriate for your property.
7. Have a tree expert recommend any pruning or supplemental supports for large trees before the winter.
8. Especially if your property is on or below hillside areas, consider getting enough sandbags to make a protective barrier along the exposed sides.
9. Have emergency supplies packed and nearby in the event of a power outage, including some battery-powered lanterns.
10. This is also a good time to have a professional check your heating system and ensure it is in good working order, and replace the batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Michael Edlen has been ranked in the top 1 percent of all agents in the country with nearly $2 billion in sales and more than 1,200 transactions. He has tracked Pacific Palisades sales since 1987. If you would like to know what your home may be worth today, Michael can be reached at 310.230.7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.