One of the most popular conversations in the metro DC area, right now, must be the weather. Coming from such dry, almost drought-like beginnings this summer – the weather has many people perplexed, including forecasters. After a very dry June, July came around bringing 8 rain events resulting in over a foot of rain – more than twice the city’s average in the past 30 years, according to abc.com. Leaving a lasting impression, July ended leaving areas of DC experiencing storms amassing as much as 5 inches of accumulated rainwater. Following July’s lead, August has already surpassed its rain averages halfway into the month.
So, what does that mean for DC residents?
One word. Flooding.
Already computing to thousands of dollars of damage for residents and commercial spaces, future emerging damages seem imminent. September is noted as “hurricane season”, which means more rain. Knowing that we have little to do with Mother Nature’s impending plans, but we can look to take proactive preventative measures to inhibit further or future damages.
1. able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather.
2. to make (something) weatherproof.
One on the easiest and most essential way to weatherproof your home is through your gutters. Many homeowners neglect their gutters, misjudging the importance of well-maintained, clean gutters. It’s unfortunate, but this ingenious contraption always seems to become the number one procrastinated chore, eventually to the point of just becoming forgotten. Understanding their importance can potentially prevent costly home repair bills in the future. Gutters are crucial in their ability to funnel water off of the roof and ultimately away from your home. This doesn’t just protect your roof but also assists in the protection of your siding, windows, doors, and foundation from water damage.
Where gutters may assist in draining water off your roof and potentially away from your home, you still need to put in place a proper drainage system that will continue to divert rainwater away from your foundation. Utilizing French drains, downspouts and proper soil/ sloping further redirects rainwater for your home to prevent hydrostatic pressure on your foundation.
Just two of several factors that are in your control, when it comes to protecting your home from sweeping rains and flooding MG Residential wants to see homeowners knowledgeable and aware. For further investigation of flooding woes or preemptive waterproofing, we utilize and recommend the following companies:
1. Aquaguard Waterproofing – (301)-595-9670
2. Distinct Construction LLC – Fred Natelli (240)-793-0212
You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.