Rain is an important part of the ecosystem, but it can sometimes work against us. To keep you in the know and prepared, we cover how rain can damage your home.
Since the roof takes the biggest brunt of the rain, it is a prime target for damage. Worn down roofs can have many small gaps and other entry points that can lead to leaks. This, in turn, can cause mold and bacteria growth, especially if you have a type of insulation that soaks up the water. Further, consistent drenching can also warp or rot any wooden components of the roof.
Water that enters the home from cracks around doors and windows can also pool on the floor. If you have carpets and rugs, mold will quickly develop in the wet strands of the fabric. It sometimes takes only a day for it to appear.
Even if you don’t have these floor materials, smooth hardwood floors can still absorb moisture and deform. This could cause permanent bulges or lifted edges that are unsightly and may even be unsafe to walk on.
Occasionally, storms can swamp sewers, causing the wastewater to come up through drains that are nearby—such as those in your basement. The sewage will give off a putrid smell, and it’s a health hazard due to the viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens it contains.
Basement and Foundation
Rainwater built up in the soil around the home can collect to the point where it seeps through cracks in the basement walls and floor, leading to flooding. Again, this environment is excellent for fostering the spread of mold, and it can also break any electrical appliances in the area.
The pressure that the water exerts on the basement and the continual passage of water inside may widen cracks and weaken the foundation of the house as well.
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