Heavy Rain is Forecast for New York
12 Points to Keep in Mind to
Help Protect Your Home
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If you had a pre-purchase inspection and did not close yet, visit the house, condo, co-op, or building after the storm to look for water penetration and damage.
Heavy rain is forecast in the days to come. There are steps you can take to help protect your home or building, and to help keep your family safe. Please keep the following 12 points in mind:
- Gutters may be clogged with leaves and debris. Gutters should be cleaned out before any heavy rainfall. Cleaning gutters during a heavy rain can be hazardous.
- If the building has a flat roof, make sure that the roof drains are clear before any heavy rainfall.
- Drains at the exterior entrance to the basement may be blocked by leaves and debris. These drains should be cleaned before the storm.
- Driveway drains may be clogged by leaves and debris. Make sure these drains are cleaned before the storm.
- Street and parking lot drains may be clogged or blocked. A non-functional street drain can allow water to drain onto your property. Make sure these drains are cleared before the storm. Important: Watch out for traffic any time you are working on a street with traffic.
- If the power goes out and you need a space heater (powered by a generator), exercise caution. Some space heaters are hazardous. Use only safe space heaters. Be careful to follow the manufacturer's instructions, including not overloading electrical circuits, not using unsafe extension cords, and keeping the space heater away from anything flammable. Do not use old electric space heaters that may not meet modern safety standards.
- Do not use old space heaters that burn anything. Some old kerosene and propane-gas heaters are very hazardous.
- If you use a backup generator, follow all safety recommendations. Portable electric generators cannot be used indoors ever.
- Because the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increases under storm conditions, make sure that smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors are present and functioning. Battery-powered smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors are needed for protection during a power outage.
- Do not use of unvented fuel-burning space heaters except under controlled conditions where they are known to be safe. Unvented fuel-burning space heaters should never be used in multi-family buildings, and may be prohibited in your community.
- Waterfront properties and other sites that are subject to flooding present specific issues that need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Other than exercising caution, there are no general recommendations that can be made. Recommendations from municipal authorities should be followed.
If an evacuation is ordered, leave as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Standing water may be deeper than you think. Flowing water can sweep you away. Exercise Caution!
Be sure and exercise appropriate caution when checking these items. There are potential dangers (for example falling off a ladder or being injured by a passing car of plow). Be sure to seek professional help as appropriate.
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Inspection orders are taken by senior staff members. A real estate purchase is complex and you should be able to speak with someone who can answer your inspection questions.
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