Can Your Home Handle the Snowmelt?

Temperatures are rising, snow is thawing out, and that means that spring and summer are getting closer. Before all of that snowmelt comes rushing to greet us, however, you’ll want to be sure that your roof and home are ready to handle heavy runoff. Here are a few ways to know your house is ready to manage all that snowmelt.


Your Gutters Are Clear


Your gutters are about to be putting in extra hours to keep your roof and home running efficiently, and that’s because they’ll be the first defense against snowmelt and runoff. Make sure your gutters are free and clear of any obstructions, particularly ice dams, so that snowmelt goes exactly where intended. If you fail to clear your gutters, you can expect all of that thawed snow to end up on your roof, siding, or even in your basement.


Your Siding Is Healthy


If it has been a while since your siding contractor came to visit, schedule an inspection with him or her right away. Although siding was designed to keep your home protected from elements including rainfall, excessive moisture simply does not go well with exteriors. Clogged gutters, for example, can send rainfall spilling onto siding. As that moisture sits there, it can slowly work its way behind siding and into our homes. If you find any signs of damage, including loose pieces or mold, schedule siding repair as soon as possible.


Your Roof Is Within Its Age Limit


Your roof should also be prepared to handle thawing snow if it is in good condition and within its age range. Shingles typically last up to 30 years, while metal can live well into its 50s. If your roof is pushing its upper limit, now may be the time to bite the bullet and invest in total roof replacement.


These are just some of the ways to know your home is ready to take you into spring.