Inspect Your House for Storm Damage

by J on April 28, 2010

After coming off a winter where several of our country’s regions have seen some of the snowiest seasons on record, we have moved into spring. We know that spring weather can also be volatile with warm, balmy days giving way to thunderstorms and, unfortunately, sometimes tornados. Late spring may be a good time for you to undertake an outside inspection of your home, checking for any storm damage you may need to address.

You can start your outside inspection with your roof, since roofs are often one of the first areas to show damage. Look for any visible signs of damage such as cracked, torn or missing shingles. You can also check your chimney, pipes and vents to see if there are any cracks or loose material surrounding them. Finally, check to make sure all your gutters and downspouts are still in place and are not clogged with debris. If you see a large amount of sand-like granules (only a bit bigger) in your gutter, they have come off of your roof. If the amount seems excessive, you need to have your roof professionally inspected for soundness.

It’s also a good idea to check any of the trim work on your house to be sure that it is not damaged. If it is wood, determine how the paint is holding up. You may only need to refresh the paint to update the look of your whole house.

A check of your siding is also in order. As you walk around your house, look for any obvious signs of damage such as missing pieces and buckling. A closer inspection will reveal any areas of dry rot or insect damage. Also, if you have wood siding, evaluate its paint job. Is it holding up well to the elements, or is it time for a new paint job or maybe a switch to vinyl siding? If you’re not sure, consult with a home remodeling expert who will be able to guide you on your options.

Next, you will want to check your windows. Look for any cracked or chipped glass that may be leaking water and contributing to a high energy bill. Also examine any caulking around the windows to make sure it is not peeling away. Simply re-caulking a few windows may help prevent excess heat from escaping out of your house.

Finally, check around the foundation of your home to make sure it is draining properly. If you find water pooling at the edge of your foundation, see if you can identify the source of it. Water that does not drain away properly from your foundation can cause flooding in your home.

If you feel like you need an expert’s opinion, don’t hesitate to call a home remodeling contractor to address any issues you may find. Taking an hour or two to examine your house now will make sure you’re ready for what the next season has to dish out!

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