Winter’s last gasp in Lancaster County seems to be dissipating as warmer temperatures are creeping in. Now is the perfect time to assess your home for any damage mother nature’s brutal winter storms have inflicted on your home. A quick exploration over the outside of your home will give you an idea if anything detrimental happened that needs repaired immediately or if there are just some minor cleaning or DIY fixing is required.
Gutters & Roofs for Damage
Roofs and gutters received a great deal of abuse from the amount of snowfall we received that this should be the first thing to check. From across the street or from the sidewalk, you should be able to visually inspect any damage your roof and gutters received. Check for loose and missing shingles in the roof, dings in the gutters and spouts, clogged gutters, and any other potential damages that could compromise your home. Climbing up a ladder to closely examine the roof and gutters for an inspection is a safety hazard and should be performed by a professional. Anyone using a ladder should exercise strict caution when doing so to prevent serious injury, especially walking on your roof and cleaning out clogged gutters. An alternative to climbing ladders is to examine your attic for any leaks or increased dampness.
With the heavy winds, snow, and rain we experienced, you want to examine the siding of your home to make sure pieces have not fallen off and or become buckled, bent, or warped. Damaged siding should be repaired immediately to prevent any leaks or pests from entering your home and mold/mildew problems.
Damage to Landscape or Leftover Debris
Make sure your landscape is in tiptop shape with a quick sweep for any damage or left over debris from the winter storms. Check the landscape for any damage caused by snow plows and check sidewalks for any large cracks caused by salt. Contact your homeowner’s association or landlord of any damages to prevent any violation of rules and regulations.
Check Windows & Doors
You want to inspect your windows and doors for any damage as well as check the seals for any cracks bringing cold air into your home. Replacing weather stripping seals and filling in gaps with insulating foam will help insulate your home more efficiently. You will be surprised how much you can save in electric bills by properly insulating your doors and windows. Don’t forget to inspect storm windows and screens for any unwarranted air coming inside or going outside.
Inspect your deck’s foundation; railings, and boards for any rotting, dirt build up, warping, or any damage that could make your deck unstable. Many people forget to examine where the deck connects to your home, which can cause a structural collapse, leaks, an invasion of pests, or an infestation of mold. Rot is the most common reporting reason for decks collapsing. Some signs that water or moisture may be trapped where the deck connects to your home include warped or buckled siding, water stains, and peeled paint. Contact a professional if you notice any signs of comprise in the integrity of your deck to prevent a collapse that can lead to serious injury.
Take time this weekend to inspect your home for any hidden damages that may have occurred during this never-ending winter season. While some areas of your home can be fixed yourself, some areas will require an appointment from a professional. It’s best to handle these damages first thing to prevent any more damage to your home and prevent more costly repairs down the road.