Preparing Your Home's Exterior For Spring Showers

As winter transitions into spring, you may be looking forward to warmer weather. Your home, however, may need some extra attention to prepare it for spring showers. Use the following guide to help prepare your home's exterior for the coming rain, and keep the inside of your home dry and comfortable.

Schedule A Gutter Cleaning

Over the winter, leaves and debris may have become stuck under the snow and ice. As the spring thaw approaches, you may find that your gutters are clogged with this debris, which can prevent water from flowing through your gutters properly. Schedule a gutter cleaning, and ask your contractor to also perform an inspection. He or she can perform any repairs to damaged areas of the gutters and downspouts while cleaning out the entire system. Once everything is clean and prepared, rainwater can flow freely through your home's gutters.

Install Gutter Guards

If you don't already have some form of guards installed on your gutters, spring may be the right time to add them to your home. The guards prevent leaves and debris from piling up, so your gutters can perform properly. They also keep squirrels, birds, and other animals from nesting inside the gutters, which can cause blockages and even lead to animals attempting to gain entry into your home. You can install the gutters as a DIY project if you are handy, or you can have your contractor install them for you.

Inspect Your Roof And Siding

Leaks can become a problem in the spring if you have damaged roofing or siding, so consider having them inspected before the spring rains begin. You'll want to look for loose shingles on the roof or damage to flashing, which can leave your home vulnerable to leaks. Loosened siding panels can also become an entry point for water in your home. Make the necessary repairs to these areas, and consider having your contractor perform a leak test on your roof to look for damage that isn't obvious to the naked eye.

Direct Your Downspouts

Your downspouts will only work if they are positioned correctly. If they are too close to the home or they are positioned at the wrong angle, they can actually end up directing water into your home. They should be pointed away from the driveway to avoid flooding it in the summer and forming ice in the winter. The spouts should be angled at a downward pitch from your home. If you are unsure how to position your downspouts, have your gutter contractor handle this task for you.

With the proper preparation, you can ensure your home is ready for spring rains. Talk to your contractor about any concerns you may have, including areas where you suspect you have leaks, and come up with a plan to make the necessary repairs before spring rains begin.