How to Help your Home Rebound After the Winter Weather Season

spring-thawThe cold season can be hard on your home. Harsh winter conditions will harm some portions of your house more than others. Roofs, gutters, basements, and window seals may need help to recover once spring is near. Here are some tips to facilitate that recovery and to help prepare for an easier seasonal transition. Roof: The roof is particularly vulnerable to the ravages of winter. You will want to check for cracked, loose, or missing tiles or shingles where water will come into contact with the sealant and wood causing damage which will lead to leaks. Not all damage to your roof will be visible from the ground. After a particularly rough winter storm, it is wise to hire a professional who can climb your roof safely, inspect it for damage, and offer you an estimate for any work that must be done. You may also check for damage by going into your attic or crawl space and search for leaks there. Any water damage should be remedied as soon as possible as it can cause permanent damage to your home and cause dangerous mold growth to occur. Gutters: Sturdy as they may seem, gutters are especially prone to winter weather related damage. Debris that can clog or otherwise damage gutters can be blown into them by strong winter winds. It's important to clean your gutters before and after the winter season to help ensure they will remain in good working condition. You'll also want to check that your gutters are firmly attached when you clean them. The dangers you want to avoid are water building up on the roof, which can damage it, and loose or hanging gutters which can pose a hazard. Walkways & Driveways: Heavy snow and ice accumulation can cause cracks in pavement and walkways, porches and driveways. Aggressive ice breaking and snow shoveling can contribute to the damage done to these exterior surfaces. Damage to walkways can pose a hazard, especially for elderly people and those with stability issues. Cracks near the foundation may also provide an entry point for unwelcome pests. Cracks and uneven surfaces should be sealed and leveled, or replaced. Appliances: Central air units and dryer vents can look like ideal nesting places to birds and other animals looking for shelter during the winter. Many unwelcome guests are harmless, but some can cause damage and their presence lead to a further infestation of your home. You should consult animal control, or an exterminator depending on what kind of uninvited guests you have. Landscaping: Anything out of doors, and especially your landscaping, is likely to have suffered damage during the winter. Trees can be weakened or drop branches, both of which can be dangerous. You should remove any fallen tree limbs from traffic areas. Walk around your property and visually check for any loose branches that look as if they may fall. If you suspect you have a tree that may pose a danger you should contact a tree surgeon to safely remove loose branches. Save $25 on Air Duct Cleaning - Free Coupon
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