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Tips for how to prepare your home for heavy rain


The sound of rain could be a calming, relaxing moment for some, but an indication that an unwanted guest may be leaking in for others.

All the rain headed this way may not just ruin your weekend plans, it could leave you swamped with repair bills.

Sandy Hastings is the owner of ServPro in Cape.

"It's really not the homeowner's problem," Hastings said. "Mother natures is just powerful so you just never know when it's going to hit!"

She said when heavy rains start to fall, homeowners start calling for help.

"Well we get all kind," she said. "There are some that say 'oh my goodness, we have water in our basement and it's just coming in!'"

With three to six inches expected to fall, many homeowners may need to start preparing for the possibility of flash flooding.

So, here's what you could be doing right now.

  • Cleaning your gutters & downspouts
  • Put all valuables in a safe place 
  • Sandbag all known leaking areas

But if that doesn't work, it may be time to call a professional.

"If it's beyond the size of this table, then it doesn't hurt for us to come and look at it," Hastings said. "If it's just in the corner room or something, you can take it and pull up the carpet and get rid of the pad itself and once it's dry put air blowers down."

For even more tips, you can download the ServPro app.

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