Performing a Home Inspection After Winter
Tuesday April 19, 2016"Snow, sleet, hail and more all have the potential to cause substantial damage to your home. And, although some damage is inevitable, it’s important to inspect your home and the surrounding area in spring to see if any repairs are needed." Teresa Taylor | email@example.com Performing a Home Inspection After Winter The winter and early spring season can cause wear and tear on your home. If small issues are left unattended, they will generally grow to become a much larger expense or claim. 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.