Home Maintenance Tips For Wet Weather

Wet weather not only causes people to stay indoors, it can also cause unwanted water to enter your home. The following are some basic home maintenance tips to help you to avoid having to live in a damp house.

Check For Leaks

If you recently moved into a home, you might not yet be aware of any leaks from the roof till it starts to rain outside more often. Inspect the ceiling in every room. Look for discoloration in the paint, or water marks. If any leaky areas are found, they should be repaired quickly.

A very small leak will become worse over time. Also, unfixed leaks contribute to the build-up of mold and mildew in your home.

Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water to drain down along the side of your house. That can eventually lead to problems with the foundation and basement of your home. Leaves are the most common cause of clogged gutters. You might need to check your gutters several times during the year to make sure that they aren't clogged.

Gutters are designed to channel rain water away from your home. You want to also check the drainage lines that come from your gutters. You can use a garden hose to intentionally spray water into your gutters, and then check to see that it's draining out as it should be.

Basement Concerns

It's not uncommon for homeowners to have problems with unwanted water coming into their basements. Therefore, you want to pay close attention to how water drains away from your home when it rains.

Check areas along the ground by your house after it rains. Are there any areas within 10 feet of your home's foundation that collect water? You'll want to fill those areas in with a soil that's rich with clay. Soil that's rich in clay will pack down more densely, which will more effectively disperse any water that falls on top of it.

Do you have a water drainage pump in your basement? Check to make sure it's working properly before Spring arrives. Make sure that free-flowing water has easy access to it, and that it turns on when it should.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about home maintenance for wet weather.