August 15, 2022
Seasonal Maintenance Tips
You can use binoculars to spot some roof problems. Cracked, worn, torn, or missing shingles should be replaced as soon as possible. Be sure to keep leaves or other debris from collecting in the valleys of the roof.
Slab/concrete foundations should be checked for cracks around the exterior and inside the home if any concrete is exposed. Other signs of foundation issues show up as cracks in drywall and sticking doors.
Check around all exterior windows and doors to ensure they are properly caulked. Also if you experience condensation between the glass panes of windows, this could mean the thermal seal has failed and will need to be repaired or replaced.
In this climate we rely heavily on our air conditioners, let’s keep them operating as efficiently as possible. Change the filter, check hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely.
Look around the attic for any signs of insects, rodents, and other critters, these often like to nest in attics during the cold winter months. Also, search for signs mold. Mold often takes the form of gray or black blotches. Proper insulation and good ventilation will deter mold growth in the attic, so take action now to prevent the problem from developing in the warmer months ahead.
This is a good time to check for plumbing leaks. Check under kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure connections on pipes and hoses are secure and sealed. Check both the water supply and the drain fittings, any leaks should be corrected immediately. Look for water stains around the dishwasher and check washer machine hoses for cracks, bulges or dampness.
When examining the exterior walls look for any damaged areas. Look under eaves and near gutter downspouts for water stains. Any staining might indicate that your gutters are not adequately containing roof runoff and other water diversion methods can be explored. For wood sided homes, check for any damaged areas or openings that allow access for insects, rodents, and other critters. Brick and masonry walls should be checked for cracking or missing mortar between the joints.
All of these items and more are thoroughly viewed and inspected by a Certified Home Inspector during all inspections performed by InterSpect Home Inspections.