Spring Showers Bring May Flowers… And Leaks!
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are very familiar with wet, rainy Spring weather leading into summer. The harsh weather of winter is over, no more freezing temps, snow or ice is expected. While winter is over Spring classically brings hail and rainstorms, penetrating structures and creating a soggy, wet ground. Make sure your home or business is prepared for the possible rainfall and follow these tips to minimize risk for damage and keep your home dry.
- Maintain Gutters and downspouts; have them cleaned, inspected, and monitored often. If you live under trees pay extra attention to the areas that are collecting debris from leaves, branches and needles.
- Have your roof inspected; The effects of UV exposure, freezing and thawing cycles, wind and aging materials combine to cause deterioration that promotes leakage, particularly in heavy rain. Roof leaks into the attic trigger mold growth, compromise insulation and eventually infiltrate building materials like joists and drywall.
- Test your sump pump to ensure its functioning properly. Make sure the sump basin is clear of any debris. Pour 4-5 gallons of water into the basin and verify that the pump automatically actuates, empties the basin, then shuts off. Outside check the termination of the discharge pipe to make sure it’s not clogged and releases water far enough away from the structure.
- Examine nearby and overhanging trees. High winds associated with spring storms may break overhanging limbs, causing roof damage. Weak or dead trees may be toppled, which could strike the structure and cause damages. Cut back limbs that extend over the roof and remove compromised branches.
If you have an issue with a leaking roof or water infiltration due to high rain and wind call SERVPRO of Edmonds at 425-775-5723. We are always Here To Help!