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April showers bring May flowers…and many home care opportunities. This is a great time to check on gutters, downspouts, rain barrels, foundational cracks, and windows. 


Did you know that for every inch of rainfall on a 1000 square foot roof, 600 gallons of water can collect? If you collect water in a rain barrel, you can reuse it for irrigating ornamental trees, lawn, and flowers; washing your vehicles; rinsing out recyclable containers before tossing them into the bin; and spraying down your walkways. 


Rainy spring days are a good time to check on the basement and crawlspace. Water stains along the wall and floor, excess moisture, or mold can be good indicators that you need to look further at windows and foundational issues with a professional. 


If the sides or bottoms of your windows show a few leaks during a downpour, you may just need to redo your sealant or caulking. Updating weatherstripping might be another solution. Water building up between the panes of double windows could mean that you may have a bad gas seal. If you have water leaking from beneath the window itself, it may cause more serious damage. Take a look to determine if you can solve the leaky window issues yourself or to determine if it's time to call in the experts. 


Spring rains help our gardens flourish and keep our waterways primed for outdoor fun, but they can also be a great reminder of home maintenance needs. Prevention and attention to water related issues could save you money down the road. Keeping your home clean, dry, and free of mold, mildew, and water damage gives you the freedom to fully enjoy Virginia living! Give me a call if you need a recommendation for a professional to help you with your home maintenance needs. 


Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal. Neither listing broker(s) or information provider(s) shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, misprints and shall be held totally harmless. Listing(s) information is provided for consumers personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Information on this site was last updated 06/29/2022. The listing information on this page last changed on 06/29/2022. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange program of Roanoke Valley MLs (last updated Tue 06/28/2022 11:23:15 PM EST). Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than MKB, REALTORS may be marked with the Internet Data Exchange logo and detailed information about those properties will include the name of the listing broker(s) when required by the MLS. All rights reserved. --

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