Preparing A New England Home For April ShowersApril 1, 2019
We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” This is not for nothing! April is known to be a very rainy month. As the spring sets in, the New England region experiences much change in the weather and temperature. For the first few months of spring, we experience changing temps, some cold days and warm days. But we’re almost always expecting rain. At this time of year, mother nature is preparing to bloom.
As a homeowner in the New England region, there are many things you can do to prepare for this annual expected rainfall and change in temperature. As the northern hemisphere begins to warm up for the year, rainstorms and showers become more frequent. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your home is safe, durable, and prepared for April showers.
Be sure your gutters are intact and securely affixed to the edge of your home. If you need to replace your gutters, you’ll notice they may be cracked, damaged, or hanging below the edge of your roof line. Your gutters are responsible for transporting the bulk of the runoff rainwater from your roof and the exterior of your home. It’s important that they’re strong and functioning properly for the spring.
Porches Ready for Rain
Your porch or back deck needs to be durable enough for rainstorms and showers. Check on the quality of your wood or materials and make updates if need be. Remember that some materials absorb rainwater in different ways. Be sure your railings are not loose or damaged. Make sure there are no loose wooden planks, as they could be an opportunity for damage to worsen during a rainstorm.
Roofs That Can Uphold The Test of Time
When was the last time you had your roof inspected? Have you had roofing done recently? If it’s been a while since you’ve had your home’s exterior inspected by a professional, you may want to look into that before this spring season. Leaking roofs and faulty siding can be one of the major causes of water damage in the home. Inspect your home’s roof, roofline, siding, and shingles. Look for anything hanging or out of place, and bring this to the attention of your construction company.
Don’t Neglect the Basement
Come springtime, you may neglect spaces in the home like the attic, the basement, or crawl spaces alike. These are the first places in the home that flood during rainstorms. Be sure to inspect your home for leaks before the heavy rain season. Being prepared can save you the headache in the future. Water damage is no joke in the home, and repairs and restorations can become costly when water damage leads to mold growth.
Trees Near the Home
Large trees on your property can be a threat to your home. Trees that are breaking, and have branches hanging low and in close proximity to the house can be risky. Have a professional assess the trees on your property. You will want to remove old, broken, or threatening trees from your property to prevent damage to your home during a storm.
Though we cannot predict the weather perfectly each year, we can prepare for the few months we know to expect heavy rainfall. Rain can be a replenishing, vital, and beloved part of our yards and properties during the springtime. It can water our gardens, give our bushes and shrubs a drink, and can allow our seeds to set and plant their roots. Sometimes April showers really do bring May flowers.
But when rainwater is not controlled with gutters, proper siding, roofing, and materials, rain during the spring can become a serious issue before we know it.
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