April 2015 | Home Tips
Winter is finally coming to end, and Classic Homes would like to help you ensure that your home survived the harsh winter months, and is prepared for the coming spring showers and summer heat.
It is very important to inspect your roof for any damage caused by the extreme winter temperatures, winds, ice and snow. Look for missing, broken or misshapen shingles. Damaged shingles can allow water to find its way into your home.
Gutters and Downspouts
Check your gutters and downspouts to ensure that water is being diverted away from your home. Gutters should be cleaned routinely to keep them free of leaves, branches and other debris. A clogged gutter can back up, causing water to wash over the sides of the house or into your roof, potentially causing all sorts of damage. Also check for leaks along the seams and corners of your gutters.
Windows, Doors and Siding
Inspect your home’s windows, exterior doors, and siding, ensuring that caulk seals all gaps. Caulking is important, as it not only keeps cold air out of your home, but water as well. Make sure your caulk adheres properly. Also, check window screens, and make sure all windows are washed inside and out. Clearing windows of debris can help prevent standing water.
Have you checked or changed the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors lately? Experts recommend checking and/or changing detector batteries at least twice a year.
Water, Heating and Cooling
If your home has a sump pump, ensure that it is clear of debris, and there are no leaks. Clean all vents of debris, dust, etc. Additionally, all drains in your home should be cleaned regularly. Be sure to change or clean heating, ventilation and air conditioning filters. Turn on and check your hose bibs (the outside faucet connecting your hose to your inside plumbing system.) Over time hose bibs can leak and may need to be replaced.
Like a car, your home needs regular maintenance and occasional tune-ups to stay in great shape. As the seasons change there are different tasks to complete to ensure your home remains in top condition, keeping it beautiful for years to come.