It may be difficult to imagine with snow still on the ground and frigid temperatures still dominating the forecast, but spring has arrived. March 20th marked the changing of the season, when many homeowners will begin to consider the exterior projects and priorities that have been on hold for the last few months.
Before you dive into prepping that new garden, or breaking ground on that long-awaited shed or garage, you may want to make sure your home is in top shape following the harsh winter that our region experienced this year. The potentially harmful effects of winter weather can wreak havoc with your home if you let even minor issues go unaddressed, so here are a few important areas of your home's exterior that you'll want to take a close look at now that the weather is a bit more hospitable.
Areas To Examine for Winter Damage
When carrying out a springtime inspection it's important to remember that snow and ice, and the incredible amount of water that can result from the thaw, can turn into a serious concern for the integrity of nearly every external component of your home. With that in mind, pay close attention to these areas:
· Doors & Windows - Where air, light and people can enter your home, so can moisture and wind. Take a close look at the trim around each door and window to check for gaps. Use a screwdriver or other tool to check for soft spots that may indicate water leakage or rot.
· The Roof - Even if you're not comfortable climbing up onto your roof to give it a close look, there are plenty of things you can look for from the ground. Check for loose shingles, bent or missing flashing or cracks in any exterior masonry. Keep in mind that the summer sun can be just as hard on a roof as snow and ice, so it's important to address any problems right away.
· Siding - With so much snow on the ground, it's likely that parts of your home have been buried behind or under drifts for months. This extended exposure to freezing and thawing water can buckle siding and create gaps. Make sure to inspect your siding carefully, especially rows close to the ground.
· Eaves And Gutters - Leaks, crimps, bends or clogs in gutters can exacerbate water problems in the spring, so it's important to address any problems early on to make sure they don't result in ice dams or further damage.
· Foundation - Once the snow begins to recede, take a close look at your foundation to check for any cracks or signs of shifting. It's also a good idea to make sure the grade of your property is angled away from your home for proper drainage.
· Exterior Faucets and Hoses - An often overlooked exterior feature, faucets and hoses are very susceptible to freezing damage and can even lead to water damage inside the home if left unchecked. Hoses should be checked for dry rot, while any exterior faucet should be tested to make sure there are no hidden leaks inside. If you can easily cover the faucet opening with your finger while the water is running, there's a good chance water is escaping the pipe somewhere.
If you have concerns about winter damage to your home, or would like more information about scheduling a professional estimate, Opal Enterprises is always available to help answer your questions.