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Did you know the weight of heavy winter snows could change the slope of your front lawn, or that the air conditioner outside your home could cause water damage inside your house?
Winter weather can be extremely hard on a house. Spring-cleaning is an excellent opportunity to identify and correct minor, seasonal problems that could end up causing more significant damage, frustration, and possibly an insurance claim down the road.
Check roofs and windows...
Visually inspect roof valleys, chimneys, skylights, and vent flashings.
Temperature changes from the hot summer to the cold winter can cause expansion and contraction, which may lead to cracking in some roof cement and window caulking materials, creating potentially damaging water leaks. All exterior caulking maintenance should also be performed during spring-cleaning.
Inspect Exterior painted surfaces…
What areas need paint? How about a new color trim?
Inspect and clean siding. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. Check for loose nails.
Basement window wells should also be cleaned, and covers considered, avoiding rainwater build-up and unnecessary leakage in these areas.
Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration – seal and/or repair as necessary.
Walk your yard...
Check the grading of your property to ensure it drains away from your home's foundation.
Wet and snowy winter weather can cause soil to settle in plant and flowerbed areas, which are usually adjacent to your home's foundation wall. This can cause water to build up next to the foundation and possibly get into your home. If needed, re-fill or re-grade depressed areas.
Gutters should be inspected for debris and proper mounting.
The expansion and weight of ice and snow from winter storms can loosen gutters from their mounting points causing a change in pitch and water flow. Also, make sure downspouts are extended far enough to carry water away from the foundation wall of your house.
Condition your air conditioner/heat pump...
Check the drainage pan and lines.
The drainage pan and drain line should be free of dust and debris that may accumulate over the winter. An obstructed pan and line could lead to an overflow and water damage.
Lubricate blower motor or have bi-annual service to prepare for cooling season.
If you have a sump-pump, test it to make sure it is working properly.
Test the motor, float switch, and check valve to see if they are working properly and water is draining from the chamber. A back-up pump, or system, may be a consideration if you live in an area prone to groundwater problems
Some work, particularly on roofs, may require professional services. Some homeowners may not be comfortable inspecting or working on their roof or on ladders. If so, check references with your local better business bureau, homebuilders association, or contractors association to help ensure you're hiring a qualified, reputable repair professional to work on your home. Here is a link to the Washington State contractors licensing website so you can check out your contractor before you hire them... https://fortress.wa.gov/lni/bbip/