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Tips to Protect Your Home During the Spring Season

Spring brings the promise of warmth and new beginnings, but it also ushers in plenty of challenges for homeowners. Preparing your home is key to avoiding potential damage. Here are some tips to help protect your home from the storms and embrace the beauty. 

Clean your gutters regularly 

Keeping your gutters clear of debris is a year-round necessity, especially during storm season. Neglecting this task can lead to unfortunate damage to both your home and your peace of mind. Here's why regular gutter cleaning is essential:

1. Prevent Water Damage

  • Clogged gutters and downspouts block proper drainage.

  • Overflowing water can seep into your home, causing interior and exterior water damage.

2. Protect Your Roof

  • Excess water from clogged gutters can't drain, leading to continual flooding. This can result in a rotten or leaky roof, compromising its integrity.

3. Safeguard Your Foundation

  • When water accumulates around your home's foundation, it can't properly drain away. Pooled water can freeze in winter, expanding and potentially cracking your foundation.

Regular gutter cleaning plays a vital role in its structural integrity and longevity. By preventing water damage, protecting your roof, and safeguarding your foundation, you're investing in the long-term health and security of your home.

Inspect your roof/schedule a routine inspection

Your roof is your home's first line of defense against the elements. Over time, exposure to these elements can wear down roofing materials, leading to potential leaks, structural damage, and compromised safety. Regular inspections allow you to catch problems early, preventing costly repairs and protecting the overall value of your home. A member of our Project Manager team would be happy to assist you with this task, you can request an appointment here

Here are some key indicators that your roof might need attention:

a. Missing or Damaged Shingles

  • Inspect your roof for any shingles that are cracked, curled, or missing. Damaged shingles can expose the underlying structure to water infiltration, leading to leaks and interior damage.

b. Granule Loss

  • Check for granules accumulating in gutters or downspouts. Granule loss indicates aging shingles, which may need to be replaced to maintain the roof's effectiveness.

c. Water Stains on Ceilings or Walls

  • Interior water stains or discoloration can indicate roof leaks. Trace the source of the water to identify potential roof damage.

Properly secure outdoor furniture and keep up with lawn care

Properly securing your outdoor furniture is not just about preventing it from being blown around during storms; it's also about safeguarding your property. Loose furniture can cause damage to your home's exterior, windows, and siding. 

Here are practical steps to properly secure your outdoor furniture:

  • Anchor Furniture: Utilize heavy-duty stakes, anchors, or tie-downs to secure larger items like patio tables and chairs.

  • Anchor umbrellas to sturdy bases or utilize sandbags for added stability.

  • Store Lightweight Items: During storms or when not in use, consider storing lightweight furniture indoors. 

  • Garages, sheds, or storage bins also offer protection against wind and rain damage.

  • Invest in Wind-Resistant Designs: When shopping for new furniture, look for designs specifically made to withstand windy conditions. Features like weighted bases, wind vents on umbrellas, and robust frames enhance stability.

Trees are beautiful additions to your landscape! Don’t let neglecting proper tree care result in potential risks to your home. Untrimmed tree branches can extend over your house, posing a risk during storms. In high winds, branches can break and fall onto roofs, causing damage or even puncturing roofs.

Spring's arrival brings warmth and the potential for challenging weather, making proactive home protection essential. If unexpected damages arise from spring's unpredictability, whether water intrusion, roof leaks, or fallen trees, ATP Restoration is here to assist. Contact us for expert solutions, ensuring your home remains a secure haven this season.

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