With the snow and freezing temperatures behind us, it is time to assess any damage that your home and property may have incurred over the winter months. The following is a spring checklist to inspect your home or business to determine if there is any damage that needs to be addressed.
Snow and ice can damage gutters, preventing water from running through
properly. This damage can cause the
springtime rainwater to build-up around the building, leading to flooding
It is important to inspect the roof for any damaged, missing or lifted
shingles. Addressing these problems now
can head off any problems that a leaky roof can cause inside the property,
including flooding and mold.
As the weather warms, check the attic for any signs of mold or mildew
forming. These areas can have a high
humidity level, making these optimal conditions for this growth.
Just like roof shingles, a loose piece of siding can lead to big
problems during the winter. Take the
warmer weather as an opportunity to inspect the exterior of the building,
checking for loose or missing siding.
Pipes. Frozen pipes can be a big
problem during the winter, but very small cracks and leaks may go unnoticed.
Doing a visual inspection of the home’s pipes, checking for any leaks can
prevent this from becoming an even bigger problem. This is especially important
with your exterior water spigots. When you turn them on for the first time in
the spring, make sure to monitor for flooding in your basement.
During the winter months, humidity levels are typically lower. Springtime not only brings warmer weather but
also increased humidity. The basement
can quickly become a breeding ground for mold as a result. Check humidity levels and set up a
dehumidifier to regulate this.
Boiler and Furnace.
Spring is a good time to visually inspect the boiler and furnace,
checking for any leaks around the area that may indicate that the unit needs to
Walkways and steps.
The winter months may cause cracks or damage to the property’s walkways
and steps that should be corrected. Be
sure to also make sure that any outdoor railings remain secure and stable.
A quick visual inspection of the foundation of the home now that all of
the snow has melted will show any cracks in the foundation that need to be
filled. If left unattended, moisture can
leak into the home through these cracks.
As the snow melts and the spring rains arrive, check the yard for any
standing water. This could indicate that
you have drainage problems that need to be addressed, particularly if the
standing water is close to the building.
Taking the time now to visually inspect the property will ensure that any winter damage is addressed before it can become a problem. If you do have flooding, mold or other damage in the home, Soil-Away has teams on call 24/7 to help. Contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.