This video, the latest in the “Just Thought You’d Like To Know” series, uses a paper house and soda straws to show how best to carry water away from your home before the next “rainstorm of biblical proportions.” Making “Rain, Rain, Go Away…From The House”, is no joking matter.
This video was produced before the East Coast Earthquake and Hurricane Irene’s decision to pay a visit to the entire East coast of the United States. In some of my upcoming videos and written blogs, I’ll be featuring some of the people every property owner should have on speed dial.
Gus the Roofer, Keith Huggins of Pusky Plumbing, and Curtis Godoy of Curtis Home Improvement are just a few of the most competent and reliable tradespeople I’ve ever had the honor of meeting. In fact, they’re the gentlemen I call to do work in my mother’s house, so you know they must be good.
Here are two (2) important tips: First, make sure you purchase and install a good sump pump with sufficient capacity for the area you want to protect from interior floods. A good place to purchase these pumps are Flatbush Hardware (Flatbush Avenue and Saint Marks Place in Brooklyn, NY), and of course, your local Home Depot and Lowes stores. Take time to ask questions so you’ll be sure to buy the pump you need.
My second tip? Go to your local pet store and pick up a bag or two of the doggie wee-wee pads. These pads hold a tremendous amount of water, and can supplement buckets and pails should the roof begin to leak. You can use them to keep water from seeping under your house and garage doors. Again, because of the amount of water they absorb and hold, they are a better alternative to rolled-up towels.