Warmer temperatures and longer days are on their way and spring is a perfect time to get your routine home maintenance tasks completed and keep your basement dry. Here is a list of 5 tips that can help you identify problem areas caused by winter weather:
1.) ROOF AND GUTTERS
Winter, with all that ice and snow, can be hard on your roof. First, clear your roof and gutters of all debris that built up over the cold months. Once that’s done, you can check for cracked or missing shingles and any shingle shift. Fixing these issue may mean just replacing a few shingles or fasteners. If you’re not sure, call a professional for help. Overall, regular gutter maintenance and downspout inspection can also help prevent future foundation issues.
After the winter months, you should inspect your home for foundation problems. Cracks in your foundation, even small ones, can lead to major structural problems if left unrepaired. If you see bricks cracking, bowing walls or gaps in window sills, it’s time to call a professional.
Take a look at the exterior of your chimney for signs of damage, especially in the joints between bricks or stones. A white calcium-like deposit is a sign your joints are absorbing water, instead of repelling it. It might be time to re-seal. If your chimney is tilting or leaning that indicates a failing foundation and you will need to consult a foundation repair expert, like Toledo Basement Repair.
4.) BASEMENT OR CRAWLSPACE
Spring is usually a rainy season which makes it an excellent time to check your basement or crawlspace for water damage. Common signs of water leaks include: mold or moisture damage, musty odors, condensation on A/C ductwork, insulation or pipes, buckled hardwood floors and rotting in floor joists. Is your basement leaking? Call Toledo Basement Repair today.
Trimming tree branches back about 5-7 feet away from house helps keep moisture away from roof and siding plus it keeps out unwanted visitors, like squirrels and raccoons. Did you know trees and their roots can affect your home’s foundation? Pay special attention to the species of trees, distance of the trees to your home and if the trees existed before your home was built. Check the direction of your sprinklers and irrigation systems, too. Water sprayed toward or against your foundation may cause flooding in your basement or crawlspace.
By examining your home and addressing issues in a timely manner, you can prevent larger, more expensive repairs in the future. We recommend inspecting twice a year, in the fall and spring, to keep your home in top condition.
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