Finally, spring is almost here, and in many parts of the country, that means rain, if not outright storms. Your roof and gutters are among the main defenses against flooding and water damage, and you need to get them ready now. Even if your city is still buried under snow and ice, there are steps you can take to keep your house, roof, and gutters nice and safe as the weather changes.
Check Your Insulation
This is something you should have done before cold weather started up last year, but if you forgot to do it then, do it now. Not only will inspecting and fixing the insulation protect against ice dams for the rest of winter, it will also help you identify potential weak spots in the roof. As snow turns to rain, the chance of water damage to the roof and your attic or crawlspace can increase as there’s no freezing weather to turn the water to ice (and thus stop it from leaking in). Not only are these weak spots a threat in rain, but if your gutters get clogged with leaves, the water can back up, pool, and eventually run back into the weak spot on the roof if that spot is close to the gutters.
Inspect Those Trees
Obviously, in spring, you’re not going to be dealing with very old leaves just waiting to fall off the trees. But the newer leaves are a threat in storms with high winds and hail. Weak branches, too, are a risk. In late winter, when most of the ice and snow are off the trees, have arborists inspect the branches and do whatever old-wood pruning they need to in order to care for the trees. Not only will that get rid of sick and weak branches that could fall, but it will help the tree divide its nutritional resources better so the remaining branches and leaves will be healthier, stronger, and better able to withstand winds that could potentially knock those leaves into gutters.
Take a Good, Long Look at the Gutters
And now to those gutters. They must be clear of leaves and other debris, and the gutter material itself needs to be in good shape. Look for rusty or moldy spots and replace those. Check that any leaf screens you have are in good shape. Even take a look at any service contracts you have for the gutters—did those work well last year, or did the service leave something to be desired? You may want to talk to additional gutter companies about new service contracts if you had issues last year.
Check these issues out now because once the real rain starts up, it will be harder to find a clear few days to have work done in your yard and on your house without weather-related delays. From the branches to the gutters, your property needs good care, and now’s the time to do it.