Preparing Your Home for Spring Rainfall

Although it may be hard to believe as we shiver our way through winter, spring showers aren’t really that far away. The sooner you begin to spring-proof your home, the better off you and your basement will be. There are many easy steps you can take that will help ensure that you and your belongings will avoid destruction.

Our homes are built to take a beating in all seasons but over time our home’s water defenses may start to weaken a bit and can be prone to basement floods and ruined property. The smartest strategy is to begin preparing for melting winter snow and plentiful spring showers earlier rather than later. Follow and stay on top of these simple chores and you can avoid those spring rain headaches and keep your basement belongings dry.

Clean the Gutters

A lot of people don’t take the state of their gutters seriously enough, but in reality your gutters, and the drainage they aid in, are very important when it comes to keeping your house safe. The winter snow can cause cracks and can even loosen your gutters, pulling them away from your house, affecting their drainage abilities. Also, many people don’t stay on top of removing autumn leaves in the fall, so they could be almost completely clogged and useless by spring. This will result in spring rain to be “waterfalling” over you gutters, damaging the exterior of your home and causing water to leak into your basement. You need to clean and check out your gutters as soon as it gets warm enough. Make sure there are not leftover leaves or debris, repair any cracks, and reattach if needed.

Check Shingles

Shingles can be damaged in any season and can even just wear away with time. Make sure that your shingles are all intact and working properly to avoid drainage into your attic. Fixing a few shingles here and there is much easier than replacing a whole roof full, so check your shingles periodically throughout the year. This will not only save your attic but again your home’s exterior and basement.

Inspect Fixtures

Rainwater and melted snow will do anything it can to make its way to lower ground i.e. your basement. So it is very important that every spring you do a thorough check of the lower exterior of your home, looking for anywhere that water might be able to get in. Make sure wooden fixtures are tightly fastened and finished with water resistant coating. Doors and windows to the basement should be caulked and sealed when closed so that no water can get through.

All these little, inexpensive steps can help save you tons of time and money later on down the road. So when that spring weather begins to show up begin to take these steps to ensure that your home stays safe and intact!

About the Author: Brad is a guest contributor from StayDry Waterproofing, the leader in basement waterproofing.

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