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4 Steps to Prepare your Home for the Redding, California Rainy Season.

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

image of child waiting out a Redding, California storm Prepare your house for the rainy season in California by these 4 steps.

Natural Disasters cause the most damage to houses across the United States. From tornadoes to floods, cold winter storms to wildfires, natural disasters have caused billions of dollars in damage. With Fall just around the corner, people often think we are out of storm season and start to settle in for the cozy fall/winter months filled with pumpkin spice lattes, hay rides, and bonfires. But if you live in northern California, the rainy season starts in September, and the temperatures begin to drop in the nighttime hours. Starting the opportunity for ice to form in your gutters, creating ice dams that could cause water to seep into your home and create unknown water damage. With the weather starting to cool and the heat starting to dwindle, this is a great time to prepare your house for the potential winter storms. 

Here are a few steps to follow to prepare your house for the fall and winter months. 

1. Clean your Gutters 

  • Cleaning your gutters needs to happen year-round but becomes especially important before the winter months. When leaves and debris are left inside the gutter, pockets of water can become trapped. As the temperature drops, the water becomes frozen, creating ice dams that could stop water from correctly flowing within the gutter. Causing water to back up and create water damage to your home. 

2.  Inspect Windows and Doors

  • Caulking your windows doesn't last forever, and according to HouseGrail, you should caulk the side of your windows when it's needed, but most caulk lasts up to 5 years. If the caulk around your doors or windows has cracks or is pulling away, it's time to replace it. This will keep the cool winter air from pouring into your home and help your heating bill. 

3. Inspect your Roof

  • It's time to call the professionals! Having a professional inspect your roof can help detect leaks or loose shingles. With the rainy season beginning in Redding, California, and the temperatures getting lower, don't delay, water and winter storms can wreak havoc on your roof and create water damage to your ceiling and walls. 

4. Cut Tree Branches

  • Walk around your property and check your trees for limbs hanging over your house. If an ice storm, strong winds, or heavy snow should occur, cutting limbs can keep them from falling onto your home. 

If your house experiences storm or water damage due to frozen pipes, gutter damage, or a leaky roof SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity, and Greater Tehama Counties is here 24 hours a day! Our trained technicians and team are ready to board windows, cover leaks, and dry up the water, day or night, keeping more damage from occurring before the problem or crisis can be fixed. Our staff isn't just trained and certified in cleanup and restoration but is also highly experienced in working with insurance companies. Call us first, and we can help walk you through the process. 


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