Last week, we discussed how to get your vehicle the TLC it needs to transition out of winter weather and ready for the warm KC summer. Not surprisingly, your home takes quite a beating as well during those cold, dreary winter months. Freezing temperatures, moisture of all kinds, wind, it can all add up to disaster if you don’t maintain when the weather improves.
First, do a quick run through of your house and check for ceiling stains. Leaks are especially common when temperatures drop. While leaks may not be visible in the middle of a room, it’s important to check closets and areas not as often visited for any semblance of a leak in your roof. Check your roof as well. I recommend having your roof inspected to ensure there are no loosened or damaged shingles. The transition from cold to warm and cold and warm can sometimes cause cracks and splits in roofing material. The roof will expand and contract, so be sure that a roof check is high on your priority list!
Winter is usually rough on homes. Between snow, ice, wind and freezing temperatures, you’ll want to invest some time in helping it get back to its pre-winter condition. Here are a few ways you can help your home recover from winter:
Check your driveway, walkways, and your garage floor. When moisture gets into the concrete, it can create cracks when it freezes and thaws. Cracks are best suited for a good sealing to stop trouble before it starts. It’s also important to check your deck as the moisture freeze and thaw can be rough on older decks. Check for splintered wood and consider a spring pressure wash and resealing.
Gutters & downspouts are one of the most important things to check. Not only do wet leaves carry a lot of weight, flaws created by ice can lead to bending or breaking if severe enough. Clear your gutters (or hire someone) to ensure spring rains will flow successfully away from your home. Check windows and doors weather stripping to ensure it’s still in good working order and the caulking keeps unwanted moisture out as well.
Lastly, walk around and check your home’s slab or foundation. Freezing temperatures can cause the foundation to shift. Wood will also expand and contract with moisture and temperature variation. Make sure any cracks or imperfections are looked at as soon as possible to avoid major problems (and costs) in the future.
That’s it! Just a few great tips to get your home summer ready! Are you wanting to possibly save money on your home insurance? Call us for a quote today and see how much you could save!