It is that time of year again…time to enjoy flowers blooming, grass turning greener, baseball tryouts and March Madness. It is also time to perform some routine Spring Maintenance on your home to help reduce the threat of water damage.
Most water damage restoration projects, such as water line breaks and hot water heater leaks, cannot be foreseen or prevented, however, there are some simple maintenance that homeowners can do to limit the risk of unwanted water entering your home. Here are a few Springtime Home Maintenance suggestions for you to consider:
- clean your gutters–clogged gutters can trap moisture and cause damage to your roofs
- check for missing or cracked shingles on your roof
- prune landscaping and create drainage so water flows away from the house
- if drainage is a problem around downspouts, add extensions to carry water at least 3-4 feet away from the house
- check your basement and sump pump if your basement periodically gets wet–a sealant may be needed if water comes in around the brick
It is also a good time to take a look under your home. With all the rain and snow we received over the last few months, there is a chance some of the moisture made it into your crawl space. Check your crawl space for any standing water or areas that the vapor liner has left exposed. While you are there, take a look at the exposed wood under your home for any possible mold growth. If you see anything suspicious, please give us a call. We would hate for a little mold problem to turn into a big mold problem.