It’s finally springtime in the northern hemisphere, which means longer days, blossoming flowers and lots of baby animals! Unfortunately, spring also brings April showers. It’s easy to get distracted by the warmer weather and get caught off guard when it starts to rain. So, here are our top tips on how to prepare your home for April showers.
Check your gutters
During spring, we get to watch trees come back to life and bloom beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, foliage can easily fall into your gutters and clog them up, causing drainage issues.
It’s a good idea to clean them out before the April showers hit, or the rainwater may be blocked by debris and forced to spill over the sides, potentially leading to expensive water-related damages. Alternatively, clogged gutters can lead to sitting water, which can cause rust and algae growth.
It’s possible to clean your gutters yourself with a ladder, some thick rubber gloves and a garden hose. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you can always hire a company to do the job for you.
Check for leaks
After a long winter, it’s important to check your home for leaks. Any structural flaws or damage like holes, cracks and gaps may allow water to seep in, which could result in flooding or mould growth.
On the roof, look for missing, warped, rotting, peeling, broken, blistering, or buckling shingles and fix them immediately. Also, check for loose material or wear around chimneys or vents.
From the inside, keep an eye out for dark spots, sagging, spots where outside light shines through and ceiling cracks.
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Caulking can crack and shrink during the winter months, so make sure to repair the seal on your doors and windows in time for April showers. Properly sealed windows and doors will also hold cool air in during the summer months, saving you money on air conditioning!
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If water runs towards your house rather than away from it, you need to solve the grading issues before the spring rain attacks. Try finding ways to divert the water, like installing a French drain. Check that your street drains are working properly and aren’t clogged by any dirt or debris. If you believe a drain is blocked, alert your local council immediately, as it could result in flooding.
Pamper your lawn
After a harsh winter, your lawn may be looking a little lifeless. Refresh your turf by seeding bare patches and removing weeds before they multiply. A well-kept lawn should be flat and even in order to prevent areas of flooding when it rains. It’s also worth servicing your lawnmower – you’ll be using a lot more for the coming months.
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