Spring is in the air, and it has been for quite some time. This year’s winter may have been mild for the most part, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your home isn’t in need of some repairs. Keep in mind these six tips to maintain your home this spring, and to help avoid costly expenses later on in the year.
- Check your roof for damage. Years of snow, ice and wind can cause a lot of damage to your roof. The formation of ice dams prevents excess water from draining off, which then forces the water to back up under the roof, eventually causing leaks and deterioration. Additionally, high winds and hail from winter storms can be powerful enough to tear off shingles or drive moisture beneath them.
- Clean out your gutters. Remove blockage and debris away from gutters and downspouts, and make sure the water flow is directed away from your house. Ice dams can also cause damage to your gutters. Be sure to check for leaks or other issues with drainage and reattach gutters that are separated from the roof line.
- Inspect your home’s exterior. Winter conditions can also damage the outside of your home. Peeling paint can make your home more susceptible to moisture infiltration, which can lead to wood rot. Hail and fallen tree limbs can also damage siding, denting aluminum or cracking vinyl. You can help prevent future damage by painting your home’s exterior in the springtime and checking for dents or cracks in the siding.
- Make repairs to your driveway. In spring, main roads can become a battlefield covered in potholes. But, did you know that potholes can also form on your driveway? Potholes form when water seeps into small cracks and then freezes. When the water freezes, it expands, causing the crack to increase in size and eventually form a pothole. Repair cracked, broken, or uneven driveways and walkways.
- Inspect your home’s foundation. The same process that can cause damage to your driveway can also damage your foundation. Hairline cracks that develop naturally over time expand during the winter months. If left unchecked, this process can end up causing major structural damage to your home. Have the foundation inspected in the spring so you can have any issues repaired before next winter.
- Maintain your backyard. Heavy snow and high winds can wreak havoc on the trees in your backyard. Fallen tree limbs can take out power lines and damage your siding. Remove any dead trees from your yard, and trim trees and bushes to prevent damage and keep your yard looking healthy.
*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.