Is Your Home April Shower Proof?
While the winter in the UK brings one set of problems to not only the roads but also to our homes, April showers can bring a whole new set of issues. In 2020, we saw an increase in the rainfall across both February and March, meaning that by the time we hit April showers our gardens are already saturated, drains are already overflowing, and our gutters have already taken a battering. So this year, we want to help you prepare for this potential eventuality and get your home rain ready.
Starting from the top and working our way down, the first place to ensure that you are rain ready is the roof. Small cracks and gaps in the tiles of your roof means that rain can find its way in. It can also lead to loose tiles and eventually missing tiles. Giving your roof a check over, preferably on a clear dry day, can help you to spot any concerns. If you prefer to keep your feet flat on the floor, this can be checked by a professional. Check the interior of your loft space for any damp patches or light as these can be sure-fire signs that there is an issue externally.
Your guttering catches all the rain as it drains from your roof, and in periods of elongated heavy downpour, your guttering may start to struggle to keep up with the demand. As the guttering main task is to keep all that excess rain away from your walls and the base structure of your home, meaning that it is key to ensure that this is in good condition. From the ground you can usually see where the guttering has started to crack or warp, or even where it starts to pull away from the home. You may also notice during heavy rain where there are significant drips or overspill from your guttering. Any of these signs usually mean that the gutter will need to be replaced, as repairs are seldom useful.
Over time the outing between the brickwork on our homes can start to look weathered, with bits becoming loose or missing and no longer looking like the nice clean finish it once had. This can also lead to rainwater making its way into your home. We have seen cases of random mould patches inside a home with no obvious explanation as to why, only to find that a small hole in the exterior pointing has allowed water to seep in and cause the issue. As this can be a tiny pin hole, we advise to call in a professional if you are concerned about your pointing.
Many of the gardens in the UK are not equipped for the level of downpour that we have been seeing in recent years. This means that they have little to no drainage in place, and with the increase in patios there is very little area for the rain to soak away to. Leaving your garden with either a flooded or bogged down appearance. For guidance on changes you can make in your flooded garden, check out our “Save your garden” blog from last year which has a number of tips to reduce the current flooding and help future drainage.
For more information on preparing your home for the risk of heavy downpours and flooding, get in touch with Ian or a member of the team who will be more than happy to discuss your needs and concerns with you.