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Weathering Rental Season

 

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(Rain photo via coventrytelegraph.net)

 

In addition to welcoming extreme heat, spring and summer rental season means stormy weather in Metro Detroit. Is your rental property rain ready?

2. RAIN & FLOODING

Now that the snowflakes have shifted to raindrops, heavy rainfall presents the risk of flooded basements and leaky ceilings. And while regular maintenance inspections can help identify cracks in the property foundation or other points of entry for unwanted water, heavy rain can cause flooding and/or water damage without warning signs.

In the latter case, damage needs to be assessed immediately, and the problem pinpointed. Is a window leaking? Is there a grade issue? Did the sump pump work effectively? Wet areas should be dried to prevent mold growth, and the problem repaired. (Your property manager can take care of these steps for you.)

Although flooding is a relevant and sometimes damaging issue, most standard homeowners insurance does not cover floods. However, both renters and owners can purchase flood insurance.

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