Many homeowners take the time to make sure their home is ready for winter, but do you ever think about making sure it’s ready for spring? Even though the snow is almost gone and warmer days are right around the corner, it is important to make sure your home is ready to withstand spring storms. Although they may not seem as scary as winter snows, failing to repair any damage sustained over the winter before spring rains start can lead to extensive damage and costly repairs. Maintaining your home from season to season is even more important now that our weather can change so unexpectedly. Here is a simple checklist that you should use to make sure your home is ready for whatever weather mother nature has lined up for this spring season.
Inspect Your Roof
Walk around your entire home and complete a visual inspection of all areas of your roof. If you can, look out a second floor window for an aerial perspective. Check for any loose, warped or missing shingles and if possible make sure any flashings around chimneys or skylights are tightly sealed. If you notice anything that looks unusual, it might be worth it to have a professional roofer take a look and make sure everything is nice and tight.
Clean and Repair Gutters
Even though you probably had your gutters cleaned in the late fall/early winter, it is important to clean them out again once the winter is over. If you have a professional clean your gutters, they should be able to inspect them and let you know if there are any spots that need repair while they are up there. If you clean your gutters yourself make sure you are looking not only for gaps and obvious damage, you should be checking that all of the gutters are securely attached to your home. Loose gutters can pull away from the house causing damage to the trim and allowing water to leak in.
Look for Leaks
Some problem causing areas are hard to spot from the outside, even for a professional. Make sure you look for water stains inside your home to make sure you don’t miss anything. You should take a look in your attic and/or crawl space, as well as any other out-of-the-way places that water might sneak into unnoticed. If you find any spots you should call a professional roofer to look for the source of the leak.
Clear Exterior Drains
Clear leaves and other debris from exterior and underground drains to clear the way for spring storms and prevent backups. A good way to check that they are clear is to use a hose and spray water up to the roof so you can watch and make sure the water runs out quickly.
Just like you did for the roof, walk around your entire home and look for any loose or missing pieces of siding, trim etc. Replacing/repairing one or two small pieces is very inexpensive, but if left in disrepair water can leak in down to the sheathing leading to a costly repair even forcing replacement.
Check Windows and Door Seals
Examine exterior caulking around all windows and doors to make sure the seals are tight. Make sure there is no visible warping or bowing in window casements.
Paint the Exterior
Painting the exterior of your home does more than just make it look good…a fresh coat of paint can help protect your home from the elements.
Don’t wait to inspect your home and repair any minor damage. Many professional remodelers (including CKG Contractors!) not only renovate homes; they repair or replace damaged or deteriorating roofs, siding, doors and other home features. Opting to spend a relatively small amount of time and money now can prevent the need for major costly repairs down the road. Choose your repair and renovation projects for the year ahead and start planning now.
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