Guidelines to Prepare for Winter and Wet Weather

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Utah experiences mild weather across various seasons. However, you should still prepare for wet weather and winter, in particular. Blockages, lack of proper drainage, and overlooking other issues may lead to flooding or high energy bills. This article explains some of the ways you can prepare for the rainy season and winter long before they arrive.

Check Your Roof

The roof shields you from downpour when foul weather arrives. It is important to ensure that there are no cracks, rusty spots, and holes on the roof. You should also check the shingles to ensure that are no curled, missing, or loose shingles. Make any necessary repairs and replacements to avoid damage to ceilings and walls. Always work with a professional roofer for the repairs.  Even if the roof is in good shape, make it a habit to remove any debris or leaves.

Clean and Repair Gutters

Gutters and downspouts are put in place to collect water and lead it away from the foundation of your home. Therefore, it is important that every part is clean and clear of any leaves or debris that may block the flow of water. When left unchecked, these can cause blockage and flooding. Ensure that gutters are well-attached to each other so that there are no leakages. There are companies that specialize in rain gutter repair in Utah that can inspect your gutters and fix any problems.

Inspect Your Attic and Ceilings

You can tell whether your roof is leaking by looking at the ceiling. Any water spots, water rings, and mold may indicate a leak. The leak is most likely far away from the point of the spot as water may flow down the truss from a different point of leakage. Trace the source of the leak and address it before it causes more serious damage. Don’t forget to check the insulation of the attic as well. Cover up any areas that may have cold spots.

Trim Trees Near the House

During a storm or heavy downpour, there is a risk that tree branches or entire trees may fall onto the house. Dried leaves and sticks may also block waterways and drains. Cut any branches that extend towards the house and any trees that stand on unstable ground or a steep slope.

Check and Clear Open Drainage

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Open drainages lead water away from home. There is a serious risk of flooding from the blockage of such drains. It is also good practice to dispose of your waste properly, to prevent creating breeding places for mosquitos or blocking your drainage system. Ensure that drains empty into the municipal drainage or any other system to prevent flooding of the surrounding properties. If the house is on a steep slope, make gabions or plant grass to prevent soil erosion.

Preparation Saves You from High Repair Costs

The wet weather may bring about high repair costs from leakage, flooding, or damage from falling items. Therefore, it is important to check any areas that may bring damage to your property and compromise your safety. Take the above steps to keep the rainwater from getting into your house.

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