Water damage can become a serious problem to your home or business in the midst of hurricane season, tropical storm and heavy rainy days. Staying prepared is key and getting your home and business ready for the wet season (May through October) is crucial to avoid unaccounted expenses.

Florida is the warmest of all states with an average daily temperature of 70 degrees. In the summer the average temperature jumps to 90 degrees making for frequent afternoon showers. Some of these rainy days can turn in to a tornado warning, create flood and damage many homes. Here are a few ways to prepare for bad weather:

Inspect Your Roof for Water Damage

One of the most common signs of water damage typically comes from a loose, broken or cracked shingle. Make sure to carefully walk through your roof to inspect and correct any shingles that might allow water to flow into the house. Properly clean your roof from any extra leaves and overgrown moss.

Maintain Clean Gutters

Gutters will hold much of what falls on the roof and prevent water from flowing through the pipe. This could cause significant water damage as water can leak through foundation walls and damage the interior of your home.

Chimney Repair

Although some Florida homes may not have chimneys, many older models across Tampa and surrounding areas do. Therefore, making sure that chimneys are in good shape is crucial to prevent water damage.

Not only water can go through the chimney opening, but it can also sneak through the sides in between the shingle and the chimney. Installing a chimney cap and resealing the chimney can help reduce water intrusion.

Prevent Water Damage by Reducing Pooled Water

Pooled water is referred to as a small body of still water. It’s important to look at the ground adjacent to the house for any areas where water might hold. Make sure to move the soil around with a rake or shovel so that the ground declines from the wall.

After 15 years of experience, Advantage Restoration & Contracting has seen it all. These are just a few helpful tips to reduce the chances of any damage caused by bad weather.

If you notice signs of water damage in the Tampa Bay or surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We provide 24/7 support and have professionals ready to work on any type of restoration job.