Your Home Maintenance Guide Post-Rains
When living in Toronto, you never know what a cloudy day brings along. A simple rain prediction can quickly convert into an astounding storm, and at the end, it is your house left alone to battle the powerful winds, damaging hail, flooding lighting strikes, and more. Hence, special care is required during and post heavy rains to prevent home damage and loss.
Here are a few tips to take care of your home in the monsoon season –
- Inspect the Roof
Your roofing is the first line of defence against inclement weather conditions, which is why it is usually in the most worn-out condition after storms. Excessive downpour often leaves behind cracks in the roof that can create a whole bunch of new problems.
There can be loose shingles, chimney damage, and broken vents causing moisture to seep in through the exterior walls gradually. Patches can also be seen as a result of water seepage.
So, to avoid these issues taking a bad turn, you must inspect your roof as the rain settles. Look out for signs of moisture and fix them at the earliest.
- Clear the Gutters
The beautiful view of rain is priceless to watch but it is disastrous for the health of your home. Gutters and downspouts quickly fill up with debris, dirt, and leaves, and prevent the water from flowing freely. This can soon cause water pooling and cause harm to the exterior parts of the building.
Water accumulation can further lead to mold problems and in winter, cause ice dams to build up, deteriorating the condition of your gutters.
- Make Way for Air Ventilation
By shutting windows and doors during rains, there can be high moisture levels in your home, causing your indoors to smell musty and bad. That is because there hasn’t been enough sunlight inside your house and the flow of fresh breeze in the rooms.
The dark and damp conditions can make way for mold contamination, and you can soon develop skin allergies and breathing issues.
And while this can take a while to come to the surface, it is best to be proactive and cut down the humidity trapped in the home. Open windows and doors once a day and for the rest, use dehumidifiers.
- Trim and Clear the Branches
Tree branches and shrubs tend to grow quickly. If they aren’t manicured properly, they can be a huge nuisance to sidings, exterior walls, screens and windows in monsoon. They can be an open invitation to pest and insect problems and cause physical harm to you and your family.
Besides, there can be damaged leaves, and branches fall off, causing drain blockages and taking a severe toll on the health of your lawn.
That is why you must trim away the bushes from the sidings and attic and remove the dead branches whenever possible.