Most of us have heard the rhyme “April showers bring May flowers.” March has been no exception. With the abundance of rain Northern California has seen over the last few months, we are hopeful for a vibrant Spring display of blooming beauty! Along with the benefits rain can bring, it can also lead to flooding and other problems caused by the excess precipitation. As a homeowner, it is important to take precautions to prepare your property for more rainy days ahead. If the recent drought (and recent sunshine) has caused you to tuck your rainy weather checklist into the back of your mind, don’t worry, we have a few reminders for you below.

Checking Your Roof

Inspecting your roof annually is a always good idea, especially before the next big storm hits. According to checking for moss, rust, missing or broken tiles, and cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes are they key items to focus on when inspecting your roof. Once your roof has been inspected, making any necessary repairs ensures your house stays dry during the upcoming rainy days. There are several companies that will inspect your roof for little or no cost and make any recommended repairs. If you don’t know a good roof company – ask your Relator®!

Trimming Foliage

Before the next big storm, removing any dead branches and extra debris from trees and other foliage around your property is a smart idea. Fallen leaves can also cause trouble and make for slippery walkways, so raking them up before the next downpour is a preventative measure worth taking the time to complete. All of the hard yard work in the Winter should pay off for a stunning Spring garden.

Clearing Out Gutters

Making sure that your gutters are free-flowing and leading water away from the house as much as possible is very important. Blocked gutters during heavy rains can cause rain to spill over the side of the roof and cause problems. Hiring a professional to clean out your gutters each year is always a great idea. There are many great, local companies that you can find to assist you.

Checking Inside

When weatherproofing your home, don’t forget about the inside areas as well. Checking doors and windows to ensure they close and seal properly is a good idea. Not only can this prevent water from leaking in, it can save you money on your energy bill. PG&E offers a Home Energy Checkup where you receive an estimate of what’s using energy in your home and a list of personalized, suggested improvements from PG&E that can help save energy and costs. When checking out your home, be sure to inspect your ceilings to make sure that you are not experiencing signs of roof or other leakage. Be on the lookout for water rings or discoloration. If you find anything, making the necessary repairs remedies the issues and prevents them from happening again.

Restocking or Building an Emergency Kit

Being prepared for household emergencies is also extremely important! This tip is useful for homeowners and renters alike – restocking an existing emergency kit or building a new one is always the right thing to do. With the amount of rain and flooding California has seen as of late, it is important to be prepared. You will want items like a flashlight, batteries, first-aid kit, maybe even fresh drinking water, and extra blankets easily accessible and ready to take with you should you need to evacuate. Having a plan in place can help ease stress. The County of Sonoma has a few great checklists for Emergency Preparedness Kits on their website.

If you can keep the outside of your home maintained, your garden nice and tidy, and the inside of your home monitored for any signs of leaking, you can feel confident that your home is ready for those inevitable April showers. If you ever need a recommendation for a home-related contractor, ask The McCall Team; we are a reliable resource for real estate information and services.

Bonus Tip

If you find yourself in the market for a new home, rainy day house shopping is a great opportunity to see a home in its most exposed state. Winter days can shed valuable light on any issues a home might have. Conversely, if the home is beautifully bearing the Winter weather, you might just want to make an offer!