Spring has arrived!  While flowers and sunshine are wonderfully welcome, water damage from the toll of winter on your home, is definitely not.  Taking the time to do inspections and make needed repairs and maintenance is the best way to prevent the disasters that water damage can bring.  You can get started with our list of the top 5 repairs to do now to avoid water damage this spring.

Roof

  • Do your best to inspect your roof.  Look for rust spots or signs of leaks and gaps on flashing around skylights, pipes, and chimneys.  Check for signs of damage including cracked, buckled, or missing shingles.  If shingles are damaged or missing, they should be replaced immediately.
  • Always stay safe when checking out a roof. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, hire a licensed professional or use binoculars to check for wear and tear.

Gutters

  • Clear all twigs, leaves, branches, and other debris from your gutters. Check for any leaks, holes, loose gutter spikes, or other signs of damage.  Make repairs where needed.
  • Check downspouts for proper drainage. Look for any clogs or damages.  Check that water is being diverted away from the home by at least 4-5 feet.  Add a downspout extender or splash block if needed.
  • Pools of water along the exterior of the home can lead to foundation issues. Check for any signs of water buildup and take proper steps to drain water away from the area.

Windows & Doors

  • Walk around your home and do an inspection of all windows and exterior door frames. Make repairs to anything that is loose or damaged.  Use weather stripping or caulking to seal up any cracks between trim and siding or anywhere where pipes or wires may enter the home.  Sealing leaks means less energy waste and it prevents moisture from getting inside walls which can lead to mold and water damage.

Landscaping

  • Trees, shrubs, and bushes should be trimmed so growth is away from your home.
  • Do a perimeter walk around your property to check for tree and plant root growth that may be affecting piping and sewage lines. Look over any exposed pipes for wear and tear.  If there is heavy damage replace as soon as possible.
  • Trim any tree limbs that are low hanging, close to power lines, or hitting your roof.
  • Inspect grading around your home and make changes to ensure that water flows away from your home.
  • If adding new landscaping always minimize planting near pipes. The ground around landscaping should always slope away from a home’s foundation.

Foundation

  • Check for any signs of cracks. Make needed repairs with concrete patching.  If you see damages that are concerning be sure to consult with a professional before making repairs.

Even small weather-related damage can eventually lead to bigger problems like water damage.  Not all water damage disasters can be avoided, but repairs and maintenance can go a long way when it comes to prevention.

 

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Additional References & Resources:

https://www.safetyinsurance.com/resource_center/homeowners/preventwaterdamage.html

https://www.amfam.com/resources/articles/at-home/spring-water-damage-no-way

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