Winter weather can wreak havoc on homes and gardens across Canada. If you are like me, you can not see the snow melting fast enough. Winter was not even that bad until March came so I shouldnt complain too much. But now that it seems to be over and there is some signs of green underneath all that white it is time to get ready for Spring. Here are a few tips that can help you get your house ready for Spring and prevent any major problems.
- Try to remove as much snow and water buildup away from your foundation, walkways and decks.
- If your home experienced any leaking or flooding, you must first dry out the area.
Use towels, a mop and bucket or a wet/dry vacuum to remove the water that entered your home.
Ensure you replace any affected drywall and clean carpets or upholstery thoroughly to prevent mould growth.
- Your roof takes quite a beating through the winter months.
Once the warmer weather hits, take a look for any shingles that blew away or were damaged. Replace them to ensure your roof is water-proof ahead of spring showers.
- Remove debris from your gutters using your hand or a leaf blower and run water from a garden hose down the eavestroughs.
This will keep drainage running smoothly away from your home as rainfall increases in the spring.
- In early spring, clean your deck with a powerwasher to remove stains and dirt build-up.
On a dry day, apply a new coat of sealant to protect the deck from moisture damage, fungus growth and ultraviolet light in the summer ahead.
- Get your yard ready for growing season by raking your lawn to remove winter debris, and pruning your perennials and trees ahead of their new growth.