Well maybe you don't feel that way exactly about the amount of rain that we get here in the Pacific Northwest, but the rain will come whether you like it or not. This week's blog is going to address some of the things you can do to prepare your home for that famous (or infamous) precipitation we will be getting right about this time of year. There are more in-depth steps you'll want to take depending on your property size, if you are likely to get seasonal flooding, etc, but here are the most common culprits of rainy season damage that you'll want to be on the lookout for.
- 1. Beware the Branches
I think it goes without saying that we have copious amount of trees in beautiful Washington State and while they are gorgeous in spring and summer, when the weather gets stormy, they can also pose a potential problem. You want to make sure that dead branches are cut away from your house as well as keeping the live ones trimmed back. This reduces the risk of them falling during high winds and damaging your home, or your neighbors.
- 2. Take a Gander at your Gutters
You want to make sure these are draining well (without any backups) , no leaves, brambles, debris etc. You should also pay attention to any granules that might be collecting there as they can be a sign that your roof's coating needs to be resealed.
- 3. Ready your Roof
It's always a good idea to take a look at your roof before the rain comes in full bore. (Professionals recommend you check it at least twice a year as this can catch problems before they clean out your wallet) You want to look for any cracks along the roof ridge and where the shingles fold over to form the cap. Are there any loose, missing, or curled shingles that will need replacing? Is there moss already growing where it should not?
- 4. Inspect the Inside
You see it every day, but we recommend you take the time to examine the ceilings for any possibly leakage. (Especially after a night of downpour) Water rings should make your mental alarm bell ring as well. Pay attention to windows and doors: you want to make sure these all seal securely as they tend to lead to the big bads: Mold, mildew, and discoloration. (you'll want to take steps to ensure none of those reoccur)
As they say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", so take the time here. It will save you so much in the long run. And afterwards, you can come inside and warm up, feeling accomplished in the knowledge that you've done your due diligence for you, your family and your home! 😃