Hurricane categories don’t predict all related hazards, such as storm surge, rainfall-induced floods, and tornadoes, but they provide a good indication of how the hurricane might affect the local area and help people and disaster organizations gauge the safety measures that must be taken to prepare for the approaching storm. To be able to understand the risks and prepare, you need to know exactly what the different categories mean.
When flooding occurs, our first concern is the inside of our home — but what about the outside? Next time you suspect a leak, try checking these common flooding areas – watch the video.
How to inspect the outside of your home for water leaks:
1 – check your water meter. If it’s spinning all the time, that is a sign of water leak somewhere in your home.
2 – check your main shut-off valve. Usually it is in front of the house by the street. Make sure it is closing properly.
3 – walk around and check all faucets making sure there are no leaking faucets.
4 – another cause for home flooding are rain gutters, especially clogged ones. Make to sure to inspect often and clean your gutters when needed.
5 – check your sprinkler system. Look for bad irrigation and faulty sprinkler heads. Replace the heads if needed and you should be safe.
In case of flooding call ServiceMaster 24/7 at (800)303-5844 for water mitigation, water removal, basement flooding clean up, and any other water damage restoration services.