Seven Steps To Assessing Winter Home Damage

spring_houseWith spring arriving in full force, it is important to turn your attention to evaluating the damage caused to your home by the long, snowy and cold winter. The winter weather can destroy roofs and chimneys, and it may also take its toll on walls, windows, foundations, decks, and gutters.

Make sure that you have checked out the following areas of your house to establish if repairs and renewals need to take place:

1. Have your roof inspected

This is the time to examine the roof of your home and fix any water damage. If you wait, you may find yourself facing water destruction in your home also. You do not have to climb on the roof yourself. Just use a pair of binoculars and check out for shingles that have cracked, shifted or are missing.

2. Check storm doors, fences, and screens

You should check for any tears, bends, holes and missing stuff on all of these. It is easier to make a repair instead of starting over completely; however you will want to be sure that all of these parts are undamaged. They are all essential in keeping your home secure from bugs, weather and others.

3. Clean the Gutters

Gutters direct rainfall away from the roof and house, shielding both in the process. Blocked gutters may expose your home to water destruction, and there is a good chance that you might not notice the wreckage until it is too late and expensive to repair.

4. Seal the deck and driveways

Just like your roof, the driveway possibly may have significant cracks and holes due to the freezing and thawing experienced during winter. If your driveway has concrete, it is most likely that it may have developed cracks. You should seek professional help for concrete/asphalt repairs to reseal your driveway. You will also want to think about pressure washing and sealing the deck.

5. Replace the HVAC filters

HVAC filters require to be replaced more often than once in a year. Dirty filters force your HVAC system to work extra hard thus making it ineffective. This may also shorten the lifespan of your blower motor.

6. Driveways and sidewalks

Some of the most noticeable places with the deterioration caused by the winter weather on your home are the driveways and sidewalks. These two areas experience continued process of freezing and thawing causing huge cracks and gaps. These cracks and gaps are not only hideous, but they may also continue to deteriorate if not repaired. You need to safeguard the walks around your home during the freeze-thaw cycles by keeping them free from ice or by spreading gravel or sand to provide grip for the pedestrians.

7. Soil and landscaping

Winter freezing and thawing on the expansive soils, including the clay-based soils can cause significant damage to your home’s foundation. This is because these soils swell and shrink, depending on the amount of humidity present in the ground. Therefore, you should ensure that the soil around your home is pointed away from it to avoid costly foundation repairs caused by leaking.

It is important to have a full assessment of your home landscaping to ensure that nothing is skewed. You may also engage professional landscapers to assess and repair any damages to your home.

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