Winter is departing, and spring is making its appearance! Along with the beautiful new growth, one thing we Pacific North westerners can count on are the spring rains. Lovely though they may be, they pose a potential threat to your home’s integrity. Now is the time to do a quick outdoor inspection, and look for any signs of existing or future water damage.
Your gutters have been working hard all winter, and are about to enter another season of testing. This is a great time to check them if you haven’t recently. Check for dents or cracks that can let water gather on your roof. Check your downspouts to make sure they’re directing water away from the foundation. Problems with the gutter, including buildup of leaves and other debris, can lead to improper drainage, which often makes its way into basements, attics and crawl spaces. Your gutter is one of your home’s first defenses against water damage, so make sure it’s ready for the rain.
As a homeowner, your roof is vital to the home’s integrity, and yet it may be difficult for you to get a good, understanding look on your own. If it’s been a long time since you’ve had it checked, consider having a roofing professional give it an evaluation. If there’s significant damage, he can work with you on a solution before you start placing pots and pans around the house. On your own, you can check for obvious signs of damage, including shingles that have fallen to the ground, plant growth on the roof, or cracks and buckles.
Skylights and Windows
Windows are meant to keep the temperature and dry air in, and the wet rain, cold, or heat out. If they’ve taken a beating over the winter, you’ll want to have them checked. You can do a self-inspection by examining the caulking, screens, and openings, although we recommend having a professional look at them at least every few years. During the rainy seasons, skylights are particularly important, as damage along the seams can let moisture settle in and lead to roof or ceiling damage.
Porches, fences, and door and window trims are a few of the most common places you’ll find exposed wood. Wood is highly susceptible to water damage, and needs to be kept properly sealed. Even with a good sealant, it will need to be refinished from time to time. When you find a dry day, check all the exposed wood on your home. Look for cracks, large scratches, or sign of water damage. You’ll want to repair it while you can find some dry weather, before the next spring rain hits.
While we love the beautiful landscapes the spring rains provide, our homes need to be prepared for it as well. These four tips will give you a head start in your home’s yearly waterproofing inspection. If you find damage in any of these areas, don’t hesitate to have a professional help you repair or replace it! Allowing water damage to settle in can cost a lot more in the long run than having it fixed before it becomes a problem. At Responsible Contractors, we aim to bring you the best in each industry. We can recommend a professional we trust to take care of your home, and prevent the rain from making an entrance. To see a list of contractors we recommend, visit us online at responsiblecontractors.com, or call us for a specific referral. It’s why we’re here!