Is Water Damage Looming?

Water Damage,

This winter has been a wet, nasty season. While some have been bombarded with the fluffy, white snow, we’ve been bombarded with rain…by the bucket load.  

As a homeowner, you want to take special precautions to protect the exterior of your home.  Water damage can lead to costly repairs and vigilance is key to staying on top of would-be problem areas. 

Here are three things to pay attention to when it comes to water damage to the exterior:
  1.  Roof.  There are several factors that can affect your roof and it’s lifespan.  Don’t assume that because you’re not at the end of your roof’s lifespan that it’s okay.  At least once a year, you should inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles and replace them.  Your roof is the first line of defense for keeping water out of your home.
  2. Weather Stripping/Seals.  Doors and windows should be sealed to make sure water doesn’t seep in around them.  These should be inspected for damage throughout the year and be replaced with any signs of damage or excessive wear and tear.  Fill cracks around windows and doors with foam insulation or caulk to ensure water isn’t penetrating into wood framing.
  3. Clean Gutters and Downspouts.  Gutters and downspouts draw water away from your house and its foundation.  Making sure they are clean, free from debris, and without damage will ensure that water isn’t creeping in where it’s not supposed to.  Also, make sure that water is diverted away from your house (downspouts should extend 2-3 feet from the house).

Remember, water damage to the exterior of your home can be costly. Take initiative and pay attention to these factors to save yourself money in the long run.

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