It might be hard to even think that spring is coming anytime soon, especially since the groundhog chose to see his shadow a few days ago, but it will be here eventually! Rather than dwelling on the bitter cold and obscene amounts of snow that we have had to deal with, let’s take a look at what you should focus on when the weather does break and the warm, spring weather is upon us.
Look for Leaks
Perhaps one of the largest issues with winter weather, especially harsh weather like we have had, is the presence of leaks. Whether you have lost shingles, some shingles have broken or your flashing is loose or missing, you are at risk for leaking water. Once you determine that you have leaks, there are a few simple steps you will need to take:
- Resolve the problem spot – This one is obvious, you should get your shingles or flashing replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Spring usually brings rain with it, which means more water in your home.
- Paint the ceilings in your home – Take a close inspection of all of the ceilings in the area of the roof leak and look for evidence of a water stain. If you also have mold or mildew, you will need to remove it or have it professionally removed before painting to prevent more problems.
Clean your Gutters
Cleaning gutters usually seems like a fall activity, but it is just as important in the early spring. There is likely to be a variety of debris sitting in your gutter from the immense wind and snow storms that we have had this year. This will also give you a chance to determine if you had any ice dams and if they did any damage to your gutters, requiring them to be repaired or replaced. You want to take care of that as soon as you can and before the spring rains hit.
Check the Foundation
Snow eventually turns to water and that water needs to go somewhere. You want to make sure that the water is not running back into your basement or even harming your landscaping as excessive amounts of water can do. Water might seem harmless, but it can cause serious issues with your home that can require expensive and time consuming repairs if you are not proactive this spring.