It is a good idea to walk your property after heavy rains especially if you just moved in and are getting to know your house. If you have lived in your house for years ~ it is still a good practice to get into. Most leaks can be quickly and afford-ably repaired; it’s those that you don’t know about that can cause a problem over time.
ATTIC – Take a few minutes and look around in the attic to see if you see any water stains. Pay attention to areas where vents cut through the roof and around the chimney.
HOUSE – look in rooms/closets and places you might not always go into. Windows and doorways are another place to check.
CRAWL SPACES & BASEMENTS – Look in your crawl space & basements to see if you have any areas that have water in them. If you have water in your crawl space/basements – you will want to get it out as soon as you can. Sump pumps are affordable and easy to use solution.
EXTERIOR PERIMETER – Walk around your house after a rain. If you have had problems or suspect there might be a problem with water entering the crawl space/basement – you might be able to identify the problem. Water often shows up one place but enters from another spot. If you are having drainage problems or water pooling in your yard – you can often see the path the water is traveling right a rain - or if you are brave enough – walk the yard while it is raining and watch where the water is flowing.