Keep your home safe and dry during the spring rain storms with these easy to do inspection steps!
Roof and Gutters: To start, simply walk around your house and inspect your roof line from the ground. Things to look out for: debris, sagging, missing shingles or tiles, cracks, and aging. If you notice any signs of damage, contact a roofing contractor for further inspection. Gutters should be kept clean and free of debris. Fix any sags or broken sections in a timely matter and consider investing in gutter guards (there are inexpensive options available) to reduce your risk of debris build up.
Remember, climbing on roofs and ladders is extremely dangerous. Always use caution, work with a spotter, and don’t hesitate to call a pro if an area can’t be accessed safely.
Basement/Crawlspace: This part of a home is often left in the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ category, thus leaving any issues that may be forming to go unnoticed for a long time. But the risks of neglect can be high if flooding or mold develops. Visit your basement or crawlspace routinely and keep an eye out for any signs of water leaks or damage. Also, have your sump pumps inspection annually and consider waterproofing if your moisture levels are high.
Shed: Even though their contents can be very expensive, outdoor sheds are often forgotten about when talking about home inspection and care. Shed roofs should be checked for cracks and leaks, as well as their siding and doors. If possible, add shelving or hooks to store smaller items off the ground. Keep large lawn equipment and outdoor furniture dry with sturdy covers and tarps.
Trees: Spring storms often bring high winds, which can pose a threat if you have large trees on your property. It’s easy to put off tree removal – especially with the high costs of service, but the damage a dead tree can do is far more costly and dangerous than the price of removal. To help determine which trees (if any) should be cut down, consult with a local arborist. They will keep your – and the tree’s – best interest in mind.
I hope you find these tips useful as we enter the month of April. If you have any questions or need recommendations for service professionals, please let me know. I am always happy to help in the care of your home!