We all know the saying ‘April showers bring May flowers.’
Many homeowners are excited about the spring awakening, but we won’t get to see our May Flowers if the home is not prepared for these April showers! There are certain steps homeowners can take at the beginning of April to ensure the home can withstand heavy showers and potential rain storms.
Preparing for Rain Showers
When you expect rain showers, there are some steps you can take to prepare. Remember that in the New England region, when rain is predicted, we don’t always know how much or how heavy. The weather changes by the minute, so you need to be prepared for whatever type of rain mother nature throws at us. When rain is really heavy, water can permeate materials that are not durable or modern. Be sure your materials are up to date, and not rotten or compromised.
Gutter Inspection for April
Inspect the gutters on the exterior of your home. Be sure your gutters are placed correctly, and work properly. When your gutters don’t collect and channel rainwater away from your home, you can risk damaging your foundation, risk a flooded basement, etc. Clean out all gutters carefully, and make sure they are clear and free of blockage so water can pass through easily.
Preventative Maintenance Against Leaks
Preventing leaks in your home can be done by assessing the interior, exterior, roofs, basements, and attics. When was the last time you had a full home inspection? Roof inspection? If you haven’t been staying up to date with periodic assessments from an expert, you will want to have someone look at your home before expected April showers.
Protecting Your Exterior from Rainwater
When you keep certain tools and elements outside of your home, you’ll want to make sure these are safe and protected from water damage. Find all electrical cords, tools, machines, grills, anything that’s commonly part of the exterior of your home. Be sure these tools are either put away in the shed, or in a dry location. Cover all external electrical outlets with protective caps.
Home Preparation for Rainstorms
Check out your property, and assess what needs to be done before the severe weather hits. Trim trees, shrubs, and even call tree specialists for those broken, hanging trees that are questionably close in proximity to the home. Get your batteries, lanterns, and candles ready in case a storm causes a power outage.
If you need help protecting your property and preparing for April, reach out to WORKS by JD at (978) 291-7601.