When you’re planning your spring cleaning for this year, don’t forget about the exterior of your home! I don’t have to tell you that this was a hard winter, and it’s likely that your home has suffered a few after-effects. Now that the snow is receding, take a walk around your home and keep an eye out for these potential trouble spots:
Roof. Even if you didn’t have any leaks inside your home this winter, there are a few things to check for. Look for any dislodged, broken, or missing shingles, or shingles that appear to be raised. These could lead to leaks eventually and should be taken care of right away.
Walls. Especially if you have wood siding, check for holes, gaps, and cracks – woodpeckers are scouting for nest sites at this time of year, and you don’t want them deciding that your home is now theirs! Woodpecker damage can also indicate that insects have burrowed into your siding, so get this checked out ASAP. Also check for water stains on your walls, particularly around eaves and gutters. These could indicate that your gutters are clogged or otherwise not draining properly.
Windows. Check your weatherstripping and seals – don’t let winter damage raise your summer cooling bills by allowing warm air in and cool air out. If you have double or triple-pane windows, check for condensation between the panes, which signals that the window’s weather seal has deteriorated.
Foundations and chimneys. Keep an eye out for cracks and missing mortar, which can lead to water infiltration and even structural damage. It’s best to hire a pro to repair any of these, since caulking over them is just a temporary fix.
Spring is the best time to catch small problems before they become big ones, so don’t neglect this important job!