September Maintenance to Prepare for El Nino
Some models are predicting that the 2015 El Nino is going to be even bigger than the massive storm we saw in 1997, which caused mudslides on the Eastern Pacific coast and wildfires in the Western Pacific.
Here in Sacramento, we’re about 100 miles north of where the extremely heavy rains are going to be, so we’ll probably see a delightfully wet season that will hopefully fill up our lakes and soak deep into our parched ground. There are still some things you need to do to make sure you’re ready, especially since it’s been so long since we’ve had a heavy rain.
1. Clean and check your gutters. Get all the leaves out of your gutters, clear out your down spouts, and make sure they’re all set to move water away from your roof. Get out a hose and run water through all your gutters and rain spouts to make sure they are clear. Faulty gutters can cause water to pool, which can cause leakage. Also, gutters that are clogged with leaves and other rubbish will trap moisture in the bottom of the gutter, which can cause it to rust out. If you don’t feel that you can clean your gutters yourself, contact Property Doctor, or your local handyman, to help.
2. Check your roof for leaks. Sure, it’s easier to tell if your roof is leaking once it starts raining, but it’s also a lot harder to get it fixed at that point. To be safe, you’ll want to: a) check your ceiling and walls for any signs of moisture, as these can indicate a leak; b) get up in your attic and check for signs of moisture; c) take a look at the outside of your roof and note any loose tiles or damaged spots—then replace tiles or call a repairman to fix the issues. Also, keep in mind that water travels downward along the roof from a leak, so if you see any water damage on your ceiling or walls, you’ll need to look uphill on your roof, not just at the spot that is directly above the damage.
3. Check your windows and doors, and waterproof them as needed. After a long period of time without any rain, it’s hard to imagine water getting into your house, but dry weather can do a number on your caulking and waterproofing. Check all around your windows and doors for gaps. If you find areas that aren’t water tight, use caulking and waterproof strips to seal exposed spaces. This will ensure you can enjoy the rain worry-free once it comes!