Getting Your Home Ready for Rain

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With all the rain in the forecast it's time to start thinking about making sure your home is ready for the wet weather.

Start inside and work your way out.

Check your ceilings for damp spots, discoloration and mold.

If you fear that water will seep through the concrete blocks in your basement there are products you can purchase to seal it.

"If the water is already leaking there is a fix," said John Kelley from Kenny Queen Ace Hardware.

"Hydraulic cement you can put in the holes or cracks that will patch it even when the water is coming in," he explained.

Check your sump pump to make sure it is still working properly.

"You could pour water into that hole and let the water raise up and just be sure it kicks on," he said.

Next, get outside and check your gutters. Bill Blankenship who owns Cartmill Aluminum and Vinyl, Inc. says there is still plenty of debris flying through the air in the springtime.

He recommends checking them twice a year.

Once you clean them, here is a good test:

"You can take a water hose and put a water hose down in it to make sure you have flow through it and flush it out to make sure you have flow through it, you can tap that downspout and listen for a hollow sound to see if it is obstructed or not," explained Blankenship.

Don't forget to cut down dead tree limbs and branches. During storm winds they can break off and damage your home.

Move valuables and family heirlooms up off the ground in flood-prone areas.

Make sure important documents are in waterproof covers.

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