When you think of spring, you think of flowers, sunshine, and the start of warm weather — right?
Of course! But there’s a darker reality of spring that everyone always seems to forget as we come out of the frozen tundra that is winter.
Spring rain. And lots of it!
So in order for your home to survive the spring rain (and eventual hurricane season during late summer), make sure you prepare your home now.
1. Start With the Roof
The roof of your home is like a shield, protecting the rest of your home against the elements. However, when that shield is weakened, damage can be sustained to the rest of the house.
Have your roof inspected, preferably by a professional roofer (but you can do this as well if you know what to look for). So grab your ladder or your phone, whichever you prefer.
Keep an eye out for missing, damaged, and curled shingles. Once the shingles have been looked at, spend some time thoroughly inspecting the flashing around chimneys, roof eaves, roof intersections, etc. Weak or damaged flashing will easily allow roof leaks to form.
2. Move to the Gutters
Before you head down from your roof (or if you called a professional roofer), inspect the gutter system attached to it. When the rain falls from the roof, the gutter system is the next thing that will see this rainwater.
Gutters that are malfunctioning (or improperly installed) can contribute to roof leaks, foundation damage, basement flooding, and a ruined lawn.
Make sure the gutters are cleared of debris, have a downward slope from one side of the roof toward the downspout, have no cracks or gaps where water could leak, are fastened tightly to your home, and can properly direct water away from the house instead of pooling at the foundation.
Here are 3 common repairs you can make that will help prepare your home for heavy rains this spring:
- Sagging Gutters: to prevent gutters from sagging, install gutter hangers. This will provide support to gutters and ensure they retain their properly sloped shape. Make sure you use metal hangers that can be nailed into the fascia. Plastic hangers or ones that clip on will break too easily
- Leaking Gutters: bring old end caps to the hardware store with you, so you can make sure you get the right fit. Before installing the new end caps, make sure you scrub and clean the end of the gutter where the end cap is installed.When fitting the end cap onto the gutter, apply an exterior silicone sealant AND sheet metal screws once the silicone has dried. This will ensure a tight fit.
- Disconnected Downspouts: all you have to do is head down to the hardware store and purchase a couple of downspout straps. You will be able to bend these metal straps around the downspout to custom fit your gutter system. Simply drill these straps over the downspouts, into the house.
3. Finish With the Siding
When it comes to siding, installation is everything. Poor installation can lead to water leaking behind the materials, resulting in mold and water damage.
If your siding has any buckling or moves with the wind, call in a professional to have it inspected to see if it was installed properly. Also, if there are any visible holes or cracks from years of protection against harsh storms, have planks or sections replaced.
Without the right protection, your home can suffer from this same spring showers that make lawns and gardens grow to be beautiful.
When you need a professional to come in and make sure your home is protected from Mother Nature, don’t be afraid to give us a ring!