Spring Home Inspection Checklist
Winter is finally over, now it’s time to spring into action with some important home inspection and maintenance. These annual spring tasks include checking for and repairing winter damage, as well as protecting and preparing for the warm weather ahead. Here are five areas that should be on everyone’s spring home inspection checklist.
High winds, heavy snows, and ice dams can wreak havoc on a roof, so inspect yours for any damage. Look for loose, cracked or missing shingles, as well as visible gaps or cracks around pipes, vents, and the chimney. In most cases, this job can be done from the ground; just use binoculars or even the zoom on your smartphone camera to get a close-up view. If any problems are discovered, be sure to call a roofing contractor to make repairs before spring rains leave you and your attic with water leaks.
Home Inspection Gutters
While you’re checking the roof, don’t forget to give your gutters a thorough review. Make sure gutters and downspouts haven’t shifted out of place due to ice build-up and clean out any debris that may be preventing water flow. Clogged gutters can lead to costly problems, such as flooded basements, rotten exteriors, and foundation problems.
Driveways and Sidewalks
Asphalt and concrete surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and paver patios can be worse for wear after winter. The thermal cycle’s constant contracting and expanding can allow moisture to enter the material if cracks or chips were not repaired before winter. As well, rock salt and some ice melt materials have been known to discolor and damage some paved surfaces. Minor issues may simply require patching and resealing, but for major repairs or replacements, you can always call Excel Fencing & Decking. For 22 years, we have offered sidewalk installation services and driveway paving in Baltimore and throughout central Maryland.
Inspect Wood Decks and Fences
Wood is the most attractive material for outdoor structures like decks, fences, pergolas, and gazebos, but it requires annual staining and sealing to retain its brilliance and beauty. Start by looking for loose boards or fasteners, and other damage like wood rot or splintered wood. Once any necessary repairs have been completed, proceed with cleaning the surfaces. The first step is sweeping away leaves and dirt, paying special attention to any debris that is jammed between boards. Next, clean the surfaces using a soft bristle brush and low pressure (if using a power washer). Once the structures are clean and dry, complete the process by applying the stain and sealant. Sealing wood decks and fences not only prolongs the structure’s attractive appearance, but it also repels moisture, protects against sun damage, and prevents mold and mildew from taking root.
Patios and Porches
We don’t blame you for daydreaming about all the entertaining you’ll do on your porch or patio this summer, but first the structures need to be prepared for all the traffic. Just like with a wood deck, these areas need to be inspected for damage, swept clean, and then washed. Composite decks and aluminum and vinyl fences also need to be cleaned and washed. Doing so preserves the material and helps it last its intended lifespan. And don’t forget to wash off outdoor furniture before use. Even if they appear to be free of dirt, insects may have nested in cracks, crevices, and cushions over the winter.