Let’s get ready for the Spring rains!
Spring brings with it lovely warmer weather, beautiful fauna and flora and, of course, Spring rains.
As South Africans, we are always grateful for the rains. As home owners, however, the rains also mean the need for some preparations.
So, what we do we suggest you do in and around your home to prepare for the first Spring rains?
Inspect your home’s outdoor plumbing
Make sure your outdoor spigots and irrigation systems made it through the winter with no damage. Remember than even a slow trickle may mean you have a problem in your pipes. Call in a plumber if you feel that the water is not flowing the way it should.
Inspect your home’s exterior and roof
A quick inspection of your home’s exterior and roof could reveal minor problems that have crept up over the winter months. Should you notice misaligned, cracked or missing shingles, be sure to have these fixed before the rains start. Problems such as cracked shingles will lead to much bigger problems when the water starts seeping through.
Check your gutters
Whether you did this earlier this year after all the leaves fell or not, there’s a good chance your gutters and downspouts need some care after the winter months. Do a perimeter check from the ground to make sure nothing has come loose or detached from the house.
Get out the ladder and check for any clogs and make sure water is making its way out of the downspouts (and away from your foundation).
Cleaning gutters can be a tiring job, so consider hiring a professional – especially if your house is more than one story tall. If you’re comfortable tackling it yourself, be safe and work with a partner.
If you don’t feel comfortable climbing a ladder at all, visit www.tradesmanoncall.co.za to find contractors that can assist you.
Cracks that may have occurred in your foundation, walkways, and patio during the winter months are a welcome sign for water to get in your house and cause damage. Fill these as soon as you can to avoid high repairs costs after the spring rains.
Inspect your air conditioning units
Having your air conditioning unit inspected by a certified professional before turning it on for the season is not only a good safety measure, but could also help prolong the life of the unit. Use the time before summer really hits to ensure your units are all in good condition. You’ll be grateful you did it once December hits us!
Inspect your outdoor faucets and lights
It’s also wise to make sure your outdoor faucets, receptacles and lighting have not been not damaged. If you have a gas braai you did not use over the colder months, we suggest you inspect that as well.
Check your deck
Power-wash your deck to clear away winter grime, and re-stain if needed. Check the weather forecast before you start staining to ensure you have a few rain-free days ahead.
Check foundation vents
A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. These vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mould growth. No only that – the vents also prevent rodents and other critters from taking up residence underneath your home. However, the screens collect leaves and other debris from autumn and winter. Spring is a great time to clean them out and check for damage.
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