Pennsylvania spring weather is warm and wet. These weather conditions—combined with wind storms—can pose dangers to your house or property.
This article will cover all the necessary info that you need to know for your spring weather home prep! Whether it’s HVAC system maintenance or trimming the trees on your property, we’ve got it all collected in one place for you.
Expected Spring Weather in Pennsylvania
March and April consistently bring rainfall to the local areas of Pennsylvania. In fact, both months generally receive an average of 3” to 4” of rainfall. The mountains and highlands of this state can see plenty of thunderstorms at the beginning of the season. Consequently, March and April often bring plenty of flooding.
According to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, rising temperatures in the 20th century are bringing with it a higher likelihood for hot temperatures and heavy precipitation. This warming has been more visible in the spring months than summer, so preparing your home as you come out of winter is a smart idea.
The wide variety of spring weather in Pennsylvania always brings with it unforeseen hazards. Sometimes the most unlikely spots can be the source of major headaches. Let’s move on to a few things you can do to be proactive about keeping your home and household safe.
Schedule Spring Maintenance for Your HVAC System
The moderate climate of Pennsylvania spring weather gives you the best opportunity for scheduling effective maintenance. Just as regular vehicle maintenance keeps you from finding yourself stranded in the middle of a road trip, regular HVAC maintenance similarly helps you avoid costly breakdowns.
Humidity in Pennsylvania begins to rise towards the end of April. By the time the end of July rolls around, it’s usually reaching its highest levels of the year. For this reason, scheduling your maintenance between the snowy season and the humid season can make the whole process easier for you and your household.
Scheduling regular maintenance for your HVAC system has many benefits. Most importantly for many people, it saves you money by eliminating any issues before they become expensive to fix. It also helps your system run as efficiently as it can, so you save money on your power as well! Additionally, this may keep you covered under your warranty if it requires that you perform regular maintenance.
An EPA report claims that indoor levels of airborne pollutants could be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. Having your system cleaned and fine-tuned can do wonders for the air quality inside your home.
Remove Debris from Your Gutters, Drains, and Downspouts
During the winter months, debris of all kinds can accumulate in the paths of your runoff. This often includes your gutters, drains, and downspouts. Nasty ice dams in the winter can cause a surprisingly large build-up of debris over time. Even when the snow and ice melt, the leftover materials are likely to still be hanging around.
After the moisture is gone, the leaves, dirt, and other debris is left sitting in your gutters and drains. This can be a problem particularly if you have leaf guards or other filters installed. Make sure to check these not only during the winter but also as you head into spring. Heavy rainfall will not drain properly if there is leftover materials blocking your downspouts!
Treat the Trees in Your Yard
The wind can cause issues all across properties. From March to the end of April, Pennsylvania spring weather sees some of the strongest winds all year. While it may die down as summer approaches, you should be prepping your property to withstand any windstorms or heavy showers. Trimming the trees in your yard is one way to eliminate a lot of danger to you and your home.
Trimming the trees in your yard helps prepare your property for windy storms in multiple ways. For one, it keeps the tree balanced so there aren’t multiple “leading” branches. This can cause instability. Secondly, this will keep weak and damaged branches in check so that they won’t become dislodged by wind and fall on your home, vehicles, or family members.
Another tip for preparing your trees is to inspect their structural integrity. Is the wood dying and decaying? Are there insect infestations in the trunk? Is it already leaning to a dangerous angle? These are all questions you should ask yourself as you prepare your property’s trees for Pennsylvania spring weather.
Often the damage dealt by Pennsylvania severe weather can be sudden and unexpected. You may have some warning ahead of time to protect your lives as well as valuables, but your structure will have to take the brunt of any extreme weather. Once this happens, the process of restoration will be necessary to salvage your belongings and support the rebuilding of your home.
Experiencing Property Damage? Contact Compleat Restorations
There is a lot more that goes into the spring weather damage restoration process than it initially seems. You must move quickly to increase your chances of protecting your property. Leaving the comfort of your home isn’t a great experience when you have no choice, so how can you speed up the process?
Hiring a professional team to help you bring your home back to life is the most efficient and effective way to handle residential home damage in the areas surrounding Ephrata and York, PA. In the case of Compleat, our team offers temporary power and lighting so you can continue to live your life, as well as providing professional drying equipment to remove any damaging water from your structure.
It goes further than just handling the physical property. Compleat can set up a mobile command center to help things move smoothly, and assist you with navigating your insurance claims to make the recovery process as fast as possible. For a complete rundown of how we can help repair your home and return the comfort you deserve, visit our Storm Damage Restoration Process page.
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