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RAIN DAMAGE: 3 ways to protect your home

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From sodden sports fields to flooded homes, the heavy rains washing across the metro have left many messes behind. With more on the way, proactive prevention could be key to avoiding costly clean-up.

When Jenny came home from church on Sunday night, she never expected to find her carpet soaking wet.

"Went to the boys' playroom to play -- water all over the floor," she recalled. "So, we immediately stopped the presses, pulled the toys out and started over."

The family called in Jeff Rudek, of First Response Restoration. Using instruments to measure moisture, he found the source.

"It was from the excessive rain in the ground -- saturation," Rudek explained.

Although the sounds of raindrops may be soothing to some, Rudek hasn't been getting much sleep since the heavy rains swept in.

"Complete madness," he admitted. "My crews, when weather happens like this, it's non-stop."

From one end of the metro to the other, crews are cleaning up after the rain, which has caused lake levels to rise and even seep into the foundations of nearby houses.

WATER DAMAGE PREVENTION

There are some simple steps homeowners can take to prevent rain damage from wreaking havoc, and the first is a routine part of spring cleaning -- clearing gutters.

A blocked gutter could cause water to back up and go under the shingles, destroying parts of the roof before the tell-tale signs trickle down through the ceiling.

Rudek also recommends getting a battery back-up for a sump pump and checking it at least once a month.

"What I would do is pour water into your basket, make sure the float is coming up," he said. "Once it reaches a certain level, it will engage your sump pump."

The most difficult step to check off the list is to make sure the landscape allows water to run away from the home. If not, the problem will just come back.

"If you have a problem now, you'll have a problem in the future," Rudek said. "Go around your foundations. Make sure everything is sloped way from the house."

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