We may have just gotten a foot of snow, but believe it or not, spring is on its way and along with it comes the spring cleaning list. While thinking about all the chores inside the house, it is important to think about the outside as well. There are a few simple things you can do to prevent big problems before they occur. With the snow melting and the temperature rising, it’s time to think about making a weekend to-do list.
Everyone knows that winter can be rough on your roof, but just because you made it through with no leaks, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily in the clear. It is a good idea to check your roof for any signs of damage once all the snow is gone. Preventative maintenance always beats waking up to a rainstorm in your bedroom. When inspecting your roof there are 2 main things to check.
- Check your attic for any signs of damage. Dark spots, water trails, and mold are indicators that there may be a leak. If you find any of these be sure to contact a professional to thoroughly inspect the problem areas.
- The best way to inspect your shingles is to get at eye level and look for any curling or splitting shingles. After you have identified any problem areas, it is important to look for any missing shingles and replace them as soon as possible. Also, be sure to check the flashing around vents and chimneys. Again, if you have major concerns, it is important to contact a professional.
Gutters and Grading
Water from melting snow can create havoc for a home owner if it’s not dealt with properly. Proper gutter and downspout maintenance combined with grading can help prevent any major issues from arising.
Gutters and Downspouts
- All that water needs somewhere to go. Your gutters are responsible for transporting all of that water away from your house. Being sure that your gutters are clear of debris is essential to making sure they work properly. Be sure to set your downspout run off at least 8 feet from the home’s foundation.
- Gutters and downspouts are only part of the equation for effective water removal. The ground surrounding the home should slope away from the foundation. If the ground is slanted towards your home, this means that all that water is heading right towards you! By filling in any low lying area, you can prevent water damage to your home.
Harsh winters and drastic temperature changes create a lot stress on your homes foundation. The ground freezes and thaws, contracts and expands, and your foundation is right there for it all. Taking the time to visually inspect your foundation at the end of every winter can help to prevent any long term damage. Here’s what to look for:
- Checking your crawlspace is a great place start when inspecting your foundation. You want to make sure all posts are firmly in place and watch for standing water or rot. This can be a big indicator that something is wrong.
- Walking around the outside of your foundation is an easy way to spot possible problems. Look along the edge of the ground for signs of shifting or cracking. Also, if you notice bubbling or chipping on the foundation wall, it could mean there is problem and further inspection is recommended.
While doing your visual inspection, give the foundation a good kick ever 15 ft or so. A strong foundation should withstand the impact with no sign of damage. Any visible damage from the kick test is a good sign that there is some deterioration and will most likely require a professional inspection.
With the spring season right around the corner, we are all itching to get outside and enjoy the weather. Why not make part of your outdoors time more productive by preforming an exterior inspection on your home. It could save you major headaches in the future. To learn more contact Cole Horton, 906.315.7209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.