Winter tends to be difficult on your property. The constant blizzards and winds take their toll on the structure and its immediate surroundings, while the ice and thawing snow play their part in the damage.
Once the freezing weather gives way to the warmth of spring, it’s a sign for you to check various sections of your house to assess any potential damage and apply the necessary fixes. Here are some tips for you:
Inspect doors and windows
Extreme wintry conditions may have damaged your windows and doors, so they are one of the first places you should inspect. Look out for broken or bent hinges, edges, or frames. Depending on the damage type, you may choose to repair the door or go for a total replacement.
Clean out drains and gutters
Spring is a great time to clean out the drains and gutters of any debris that accumulated beneath the ice and snow. Ensure to pour some water down the gutters to check that there’s no blockage from sticks, leaves, or other materials. Spring typically comes with a lot of rain, so it’s essential to ensure these channels aren’t clogged up before the downpours begin.
Inspect the hoses and faucets outside
You can turn them on to assess whether the water flows normally or has a blockage somewhere. You should also look out for the water pressure and check to see if the water is flowing at the correct pressure. If the water pressure is too low, you may have to check for the appropriate pipe in your home that needs fixing.
Inspect your roof
The roof is one of the most vulnerable sections of the structure, and you must carry out a thorough inspection when winter winds down. If you notice any loose metal, shingles, or leaks, it’s a sign that you have roof damage, and you may have to repair it.
Fix ceiling stains
If you’ve encountered some issues with your roof, the chances are that the ceiling directly underneath it will be affected.
Such issues are usually seen as yellow-brown stains or similar discolorations in the ceiling. After you have fixed the roof's problematic leak, you can seal the ceiling stain with a primer or sealer. Subsequently, you can restore things to normal by giving it a lick of paint.
Inspect your driveway
Your driveway, like your roof, takes the brunt of everything the winter has to dish out. As a result, you should never forget to inspect your driveway now that winter is over. Water often seeps into the existing cracks, which widen over time, leading to more extensive cracking and structural damage to the driveway. In such cases, your best bet is to reseal the driveway to prevent further damage.
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