Spring Home Inspection
After sheltering your family from winter storms and howling winds, the exterior of your home and yard have taken a beating this year. A sunny spring day is the perfect time to get outdoors and take a good look around. Use the guide below to reveal possible damage and tackle a few DIY fixes.
Let’s take it from the top…
- Inspect shingles to see if any blew away or were damaged during winter. Shingles that are loose, cracked or buckled should be replaced.
- Check flashing to ensure it hasn’t corroded or cracked, that rubber gaskets around plumbing vents haven’t deteriorated and that the metal collars on vents used with gas appliances are tight.
- Prune tree branches at least 10 feet from your home to prevent damage to roof and siding
- Look for signs of unwanted wildlife in the attic– shelter-seeking raccoons, squirrels and roof rats can be very destructive!
- Remove moss with an air broom then apply a growth-inhibiting treatment to kill the remaining spores. If left untreated, moss will continue to absorb rainwater which wicks underneath shingles, soaks the underlayment and rots the roof sheathing.
- Do NOT power wash the roof, it will drive water underneath the shingles or tiles.
- Clean out all debris in gutters and downspouts.
- Direct downspouts away from the foundation for proper drainage.
Inspect Windows and Doors:
- Check for bent or broken hinges, cracks or holes.
- Repair window and door screens to prevent bugs from sneaking in.
- Follow National Window Safety Week guidelines
Check Air Conditioners:
- Clean up any leaves or branches around the cooling unit.
- Replace filters.
Examine Deck and Fences:
- Look for loose slats, rotted sections, water stains or discoloration.
- Remove any loose or rusty nails and make sure the railings and stairs are secure.
Test Exterior Plumbing:
- Turn on the water to see that it is running properly. Place your thumb over the opening, if this stops the water flow, the water pressure may be too low and could indicate a damaged pipe.
- Run your sprinkling system, look for leaks or broken sprinkler heads, adjust as needed.
- Look over your driveway and sidewalks for any sign of cracks or movement.
- Cracks can be mended with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk.
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