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July 3rd, 2015

With the rainy season upon us, the Illinois River water levels are rising at alarming rates bringing with them a high flood risk for Peoria and the surrounding areas. Below find tips on how to prevent water damage caused by floods:

  1. Fix Leaks: Even before the rain comes it is best to fix any leaks in the roof and fill in any foundational cracks. You will also want to make sure that the roof shingles are secure.
  2. Turn Water Off: If you leave for vacation or an extended period of time, it is best to turn off the water in your home. This can prevent any surprise flooding due to leaks while you are away.
  3. Check Grading: unrestricted and able to flow away from the house instead of towards it.
  4. Clean Gutters: Without clean gutters water from the rain can become concentrated on one area of the roof and next to the house. Gutters are designed to carry water away from your home.
  5. Align Downspouts: Also, be sure to check and make sure your downspout is far enough from your home so that water does not end up concentrating next to your property.
  6. Test Sump Pump: Make sure you check that your sump pump is working correctly. If you suspect that there are any issues with your sump pump call a professional.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of water damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. If damage has occurred have it repaired immediately.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois to assist in storm and flood damage repair and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.

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