As the cold temperature of winter disappears, and the warm, gentle weather of spring arrives, you should take advantage of the moderate temperature to follow an annual spring maintenance routine. As the agents at Ganley Family Insurance know, the weather in or around Brecksville, OH can get hectic during winter, which is why preventative action is so important. It prevents a wide range of problems and taking a few hours of your day to check your house could help you avoid expensive repairs and irritating problems. Inspecting the exterior of your home is probably the most important thing to do, as winter weather can take a heavy toll on the outside of your home.
Check the roof of your home. While you may think that you’ll need a ladder to inspect your roof, you can use binoculars to spot problems. The main things you should check for are:
- Shingle-shift, which could indicate that the fasteners have failed and need to be replaced.
- Try to spot any missing or cracked shingles.
- Check if there are any nail-pops, which refer to when nails press the tabs of the shingles up. Nail-pops cause water damage when it rains.
Inspect the windows. Make sure that the weather stripping and caulking on your windows are still in place. If you have double-glazed or triple-glazed windows and noticed condensation inside the glass during winter, then the weather seal was damaged, and you’ll need to replace either the window or glass.
Finally, check your foundation. Search your home’s foundation from top to bottom and look for masonry cracks. If you do see cracks, it’s likely not a job that you can fix yourself. Look into hiring a foundation specialist who’s able to use a two-part epoxy injection system that chemically bonds cracks.
Home repairs can be expensive, which is why it’s important to have home insurance. Serving Brecksville, OH, Ganley Family Insurance can help you find out what kind of policy is best for your situation. Or, if you already have insurance, you can discuss additional coverage for financial protection against common home issues.