Thursday, April 28, 2016

Spring Home Checkup - 7 actions to take

April showers may bring May flowers, but they can also bring leaky basements, moldy walls and costly cleanup. Regular maintenance on the outside of your home could save you thousands of dollars. Here are some recommended actions to take as the weather begins to get nicer.

1. Make sure gutters are clean and stable.

2. Examine your roof carefully, looking for worn, curled or missing shingles - and have those replaced.

3. Examine fascia or soffit boards for soft or rotting spots which may allow rain into your attic or the top of interior walls.

4. Make sure downspouts are sloping away from the house and carrying water at least 5 feet away from foundation walls.

5. Ensure lawn sprinkler heads are not spraying the walls of the house.

6. Inspect your attic looking for moisture or surface discoloration.  If dark staining is visible, have the sheathing treated with a moldicide.

7. Examine window and door flashing, seals or weatherstripping to ensure sealants are pliable and continuous.

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