It’s finally spring and that means lots of rainfall to make our gardens grow lush and green again! As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers!” While that is exciting for gardeners, all that rain could mean potential problems around the house. Roof leaks and basement leaks could result from heavy rains, leaving behind a costly and potentially dangerous situation. Right now is the time to take some preventive measures to keep your home dry this spring. *This post contains affiliate links.
Along with lots of rain, spring storms can also bring heavy winds and hail which can result in damage to your roof. It is important to have your roof inspected if you suspect any damage after heavy storms, even if you don’t have a leak inside. A few years ago we had a hail storm that made small holes in our roof, but we had to have the entire roof replaced because the holes would have expanded in time leading to massive leaks.
It only takes a small area of damage to the roofing tiles to create a huge leak down the road. If you do find a problem, a roofing company can be called out to fix any damage and to make sure your home is water tight once more. The last thing you want is for this problem to go unnoticed, meaning further damage to your home.
Another place to check for water leaks is around the chimney. Even if you don’t see a problem, adding a layer of tar around the base of the chimney is an effective way to prevent any leaks.
Keeping gutters clean can go a long way toward preventing water leaks around the roof and also the foundation of your home. Using gutter guards can keep gutters free of debris and allow water to flow freely out of the gutters.
Clogged gutters are not only cause the potential for water damage, they are also highly desirable places for insects and pests to take up residence.
The last thing anyone wants is unwelcome visitors in their home in the form of bugs like cockroaches or ants, or even rodents like mice or rats. They can cause structural damage to your home and can even be a health risk. More than likely you will have to call in an exterminator if an infestation does occur. Keeping gutters clean and dry will definitely help reduce the potential for pests entering your home this spring.
Keeping The Basement Dry
One of the easiest ways to keep your basement dry is to make sure your gutters are in proper working order and that water is directed far away from the foundation of the home.
Damaged gutters can cause water to pool around the foundation of your home which can lead to leaks and water damage. Potentially hazardous mold could form and should be avoided at all costs. Investing in gutter extensions is an easy way to help prevent these issues.
As you begin cleaning up your yard for spring and working in the garden, be sure to take the time to check out your roof and gutters. Some simple inspection and maintenance will ensure that you home stays dry this spring and on into summer. That will give you less to worry about, and allow you to enjoy the beauty of the season.
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