Thursday, April 8th, 2021 by Kristen Owenby
Spring is upon us in East Tennessee. With it comes a host of new home-related concerns. Heavy rain showers, overgrown gardens, clogged gutters, allergens, and other issues “spring” to mind as we head into the new season. Are you and your home prepared?
Protect Against Rain
With increased rain comes the potential for basement flooding and moisture damage. Water works its way inside basements and crawlspaces, creating problems like mold, mildew, wood rot, and more. Animals and insects also enter the area, building nests and dying. As they do, they attract more pests. The smell of decay mingled with the odor of mold wafts upstairs to residents… and exacerbates respiratory problems and allergies.
How can you keep rain from making a mess of your below-grade spaces? Contact Master Services for a free, no-obligation estimate and learn about our basement waterproofing and crawlspace repair services.
Clean Up Your Yard
Flower beds and gardens often are neglected over winter. Piles of leaves, dead plants, old mulch, sticks, and other debris accumulate when it’s too chilly to work outside. Rake it into piles and dispose of it, or add the debris to a burn pile.
If you plan to garden, pull up weeds before they wreak havoc on your plants. Lay out fresh mulch, prune bushes, and look into non-toxic, organic plant fertilizer.
Unclog Your Gutters
Be sure to clean your gutters to prevent overflow. An efficient gutter system also protects against basement flooding and siding damage, as clogged gutters create overflow that exposes your foundation to water.
Or, better yet, eliminate the need for gutter maintenance entirely by contacting Klaus Roofing Systems by Master Services to learn about our RainDrop Gutter Guard System. This system protects against twigs, leaves, pine needles, and other debris.
As mentioned earlier, moisture creates mold in below-grade spaces. This mold rises into the upper levels of a home and creates allergy problems for residents. Seasonal allergies are aggravating enough without throwing mold and mildew into the mix! An encapsulation system with a dehumidifier can prevent moisture buildup and ease respiratory problems for those living in the home.
Check Your Grade
A properly graded yard will keep water away from a home’s foundation. Although many contractors build and landscape a home with a proper grade, years of water seepage can alter the slope. If the grade has been compromised, a contractor can readjust it.
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