In my town home community there is some damage from this winter. Although, less snow damage there was wind damage to some of the roof shingles and even the design features around the front doors. We all have to take a peek to make sure the winter did not have any lasting effects. Go through this quick list of checks to make sure everything has weathered the winter.
Here are five areas around your home to inspect after winter:
- Exterior: The exterior and siding of your home can be damaged by snow, ice and hail. And, if moisture makes its way inside your home, it can cause wood rot and lead to costly repairs. Also, ensure that the paint on your home’s exterior is in good condition and capable of blocking moisture.
- Roof: When snow or ice melts on a roof, it can run beneath the roof and refreeze, causing ice dams. From the ground, check to see if your roof’s shingles are secure, and that there aren’t any noticeable leaks.
- Gutters: Just like your roof, you gutters are susceptible to ice dams. This can damage your gutters and cause them to dislodge from your home. Consider installing additional protective measures—such as gutter screens or heating elements—to prevent damage in the future.
- Foundation: Cracks in your home’s foundation can significantly weaken its structure. Inspect the foundation on both the inside and outside of your home for any cracks, and have them repaired as soon as possible to prevent more damage.
- Landscaping: Trees that have fallen over or that have damaged branches can disrupt vital utilities, and shrubs or bushes near your home can damage its foundation. Make sure that the landscaping around your home is properly cared for, and that trees are trimmed regularly to prevent damage.
Just take a quick look around. We had a lot of wind storms this winter and it can't hurt to take a look.
Thanks for reading.