It’s important to keep a close eye on the condition of your home throughout the year. No matter what season we are in, your home is always going to be pelted with some form of water. Over time, the damage that water can do to your home’s exterior, and eventually its interior, can be devastating. That’s why it’s important to take steps to prevent the effects that prolonged exposure to water can bring about. Here are some suggestions to help safeguard your home’s exterior. Start From the top and work your way down.
Have Your Roof Inspected
When water is allowed to seep through your roofing, it can cause leaks to flood into the attic or upper floor of your home. Water that becomes trapped underneath your shingles can also lead to mold, which is especially dangerous to your health, and rotting, which can cause severe structural damage. This is a job for a professional who knows what to look for and can do so safely. They will check for damaged and missing shingles and defective flashing around vent pipes, chimney and skylights. Up in your attic they’ll inspect the sub-roof for telltale evidence of leakage, as well.
Gutters, Downspouts and Drainage
These components are responsible for gathering and moving water away from your structure. Even if your roof is in great condition, the rest of your house is still susceptible to water damage if your gutters are not functioning properly. When your gutters become clogged, water can spill over the edge and run down the sides of your home, causing a variety of exterior problems. Running water can leave marks and streaks on composite siding, and can cause wood siding to rot and grow mold. Make sure gutters are clean from debris. Check downspouts to ensure they are free-flowing. Prevent future clogging by adding gutter screens. Water from downspouts should not be dispersed any closer than six feet from your home’s foundation.
Check to see if there are any cracks, holes, or gaps in siding, bricks, stone or other masonry, as well as structural sheathing. Pay particular attention to where vents, pipes or wires enter your home. While you are checking, look for termite, mold or rotting damage. Pay special attention to the foundation walls for cracks and deteriorating mortar joints. If you find any, take quick and efficient measures to fix the problem – restore the mortar, seal small cracks with caulk designed to repair masonry, and fix larger gaps with the help of hydraulic cement. Also, ensure that the exhaust vent doors properly open and close.
Doors and Windows
This is another area of the exterior that should be closely examined for water damage. Look for cracks, leaks or chinks in caulking around doors and windows and repair with caulking. Signs of leaks include peeling paint, paint discoloration or swollen frames. Test to make sure door and windows close tightly but do not stick. Sticking doors and windows could be a sign of developing foundation issues.
You have a lot of money invested in your home, and exterior damage is a sure way to decrease its value. Xtreme Home Improvement can help you to protect that investment. If you have any questions, concerns or suspect your home has begun to experience water damage, give us a call today.