I hope everyone had a blessed Easter weekend. While Easter comes each Spring, so does Spring weather. This past week has been extremely wet and windy. Be sure to check your home for water damage. The first indications may seem trivial but don't be fooled. A telltale sign, such as a water stain on the ceiling, can lead to real problems like collapsing drywall or a weakened roof. Learn where your home is most likely to suffer outside water damage and what you can do to help prevent it.
- Keep the roof free from leaves, twigs and other litter to allow for proper drainage.
- Make sure the air can flow freely through all soffit and roof vents. This will reduce the buildup of heat and moisture and help extend the life of the roof.
- Consult a professional on using a preservative or cleaner (depending on the type of roof you have) to help limit the weathering effects of moisture and remove the growth of molds and mosses.
- Keep trees trimmed to prevent them from rubbing against the roof or providing excess shade.
- Replace missing, curling, cupping, broken or cracked shingles.
- Watch for damage in valley areas of the roof and around the flashing at chimneys, vents and other junctions.
- Check your attic around flues, plumbing vents and chimneys for roof leaks, especially if you've noticed water stains on the ceilings.
From the Gutters to the Ground
- Clean debris from your gutters and downspouts and inspect them regularly. Think about installing gutter shields if your gutters frequently fill with debris.
- Place splash blocks at the end of downspouts to carry water away from the foundation or add an extra length of downspout if necessary.
- Every spring, have the air condition (A/C) system inspected by a qualified contractor. Make sure their service includes inspecting and cleaning the A/C condensation pan drain line. Change the filter on regular basis.
- Before winter starts, disconnect garden hoses from all spigots and turn off each spigot's water supply.
- Replace any damaged caulk around windows or doors.
- Repaint wood siding as needed.
- Fill in any low spots next to the house to help water drain away from the foundation.
Even after taking the preventative measures we've discussed here, check frequently around the house for signs of leaks. It's important to find them before they cause serious damage. Simply by keeping an eye out for problems, you could save your possessions from damage, spare yourself costly repairs and even keep your insurance premiums low. And preventions such as these protect the value of your home.
Hope you all have a great week!