By: Ajay Oberoi
Get Your House Ready for Spring - Exterior
Tags: Your House, Ready for Spring, Home Exterior
Spring is about to arrive and the wind of change is all around us. We can feel rebirth and renewal that spring symbolizes.
For home owners spring is the time to perform certain rituals regarding the exterior inspection of their house to detect any damage caused by harsh winter conditions such as snow and storm. Some major areas to look out for include:
Roof and Chimney: It’s not necessary to climb up the roof. A visual inspection with the help of a binocular, if needed, can reveal trouble spots. Any cracked, curled or missing shingles, shingle shift or nail-pops need to be addressed before the damage starts expanding to other areas such as gutters, roof flashing, ventilation pipes and the chimney. For masonry chimney, check for any lose bricks and the joints between them or signs of vegetation growth. Rust for a chimney with metal parts and flashing and rotting boards in case of a wood-framed chimney indicates damage potential. In many cases, re-sealing or re-caulking can be a solution.
Attic: Search for mold, water stains, discolored insulation, visible leaks or any signs of insects and critters. Solution may require proper insulation and good ventilation.
Gutters and Drainage: Debris accumulate during the winter. These blockages become visible when the snow melts and water starts running through trough the gutters. Watch for bent and damaged gutters as they can cause the water to divert onto the roof or sidings. Walk around the house to ensure that water is flowing away from the foundation and the soil has proper slope. It should drain water away from the foundation at least 6 inches over 10 feet.
Air Conditioning: The spring inspection and tune-up of your air conditioning unit help you avoid small problems becoming expensive repairs during peak season. Change the filter, tighten loose hose connections, check the condensate drain and vacuum/clean the coils, blower and connections. Check the outside condenser for any signs of freezing.
Pest Control: Spring is the time when birds, squirrels, bats, mice or insects are looking for a warm shelter to build their nests. While walking around your home keep an eye on any holes or breaks, especially around the exterior vents, and seal off these potential entry points for small pests.