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How to prepare your home for rain season

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Strong storms and heavy rains are causing more than flooding problems in the southeast.
  
Over four inches of heavy rain fell so fast in some Columbus neighborhoods homeowners are already finding leaks throughout their homes.

One local roofing company says their phones have been ringing nonstop since early Monday morning. 

"In this kind of rain yes, we have calls and they last all day long probably until tomorrow (Tuesday) about lunch we'll still get an influx of calls," says Mitch Williams of Columbus Roofing Incorporated.

Williams says the calls started pouring in around 5:30 in the morning; increasing about 25 percent with most of them being reports of leaking roofs. 

"This rain is a little bit different than the last rain we had," Williams claims. "This rain is severe amounts of water at one time, wind driven."

Williams says the heavy rains cause "pop up" leaks which can usually be tied to maintenance issues. 

"Trash on the roof, something maybe blocked, a limb or a pile-up of leaves or pine straw can cause water to enter into a home. Like I said, it may leak this one time and never leak again," proclaims Williams. 

Getting your roof ready for the rains can save thousands in repair costs. 
  • Inspect your roof twice per year.
  • Look for cracks along the ridge of your roof. This is at the edge of the shingles. Cracks can allow water to enter your home.
  • Look for holes and rust spots in the sheet metal.
  • Check for missing, loose, or curled shingles. Replace damaged shingles as soon as possible to avoid leaks inside your home that can weaken your wall and ceilings.
Williams says heavy rain usually creates the brown spots you see on your ceiling but the water may not drip through. Sometime the water may get trapped, causing the ceiling to swell.

The experts say when this happens you want to act fast. 

"Not really much you can do. Put a pot or a bucket under the leak. If you see your ceiling starting to sag or bulge. A lot of times you get a build up of water, you can poke a small hole in it and it concentrates where your leak will end up being. You can control it that way. You don't want your ceiling to drop in," explains Williams.    

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