west hollywood general contractor Brian Holloway II

Last week, Los Angeles and its surrounding areas experienced a thunderstorm that is few and far between in the typically sunny city of Los Angeles.  A reminder that winter is indeed coming and that not even our idyllic city can escape the ravages of mother nature.

It’s just an indication that although Southern California does not experience the kind of winters that the people on the East Coast have to endure, homeowners nonetheless should b preparing their houses for inclement weather.

When a home is not prepared for rain, you could have a winter disaster on your hands due to leaks in the roof or ceilings as well as flooding which all cause water damage, mold and other problems that can severely compromise your home’s structure and foundation.  To avoid such calamities, here are 8 helpful tips to help you prepare your home for winter.

  1. Clear out your gutters and downspouts.  It’s very important to keep your gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and other debris that could cause clogging, overflowing and damage to your walls, siding, doors, and foundations.  Make sure your downspouts carry drainage well away from your house to prevent water pooling and damaging your foundation.
  2. Check your roof, skylights and flashing for any damage or deterioration.  These areas are some of the most common spots for leaks to occur. Avoid costly water damaging by having these areas of your home checked once a year, especially before the winter and rainy seasons.  
  3. Look over the house siding.  Inspect the siding for any deterioration, cracks, peeling paint or holes.  Seal up any leaks with caulk. If your paint is peeling, now is a good time to get your house painted before the rainy season begins.
  4. Check window and doors, weatherstrip if necessary to keep out cold winter drafts while minimizing heat loss.
  5. Have you basement inspected before the rains start.  A professional can evaluate your home for leaks, structural damage and other risk factors that can lead to more extensive damage due to the rain.
  6. Avoid costly water damage bills with a sump pump.  If your basement or crawlspace has a tendency to flood during the rainy season, you may want to invest in a sump pump to prevent floods and water damage.  
  7. Do you need a portable emergency generator?  Last week’s rainstorm caused power outages for over 10,000 customers in Los Angeles.  If you have medical equipment or monitoring devices that require power at all times, you might want to consider one of these handy generators.  
  8. Trim your trees.  If you have large trees surrounding your home, you may want to get them trimmed as they may snap or uproot due to heavy rain and wind which can cause serious damage to your home.  

By following these simple steps, you can be sure that your home will be in tip-top shape despite the coming of winter weather in Southern California and the repercussions that this may have on you and your home.  

At Holly Development Inc. we work closely with our customers to make sure we have a friendly and consultative approach to your home improvement needs.   We not only offer a free onsite estimate, but we are also available to answer any of your questions both during and after the work has been completed. Please feel free to contact Brian Holloway with any questions or concerns about your home improvement needs.  We look forward to helping you make your house a real home!