If spring is synonymous with spring cleaning, it should also be for the maintenance of your homes and commercial buildings. The mild season is the perfect time for this type of work, which will also be the perfect excuse to enjoy the warm rays of sunshine.
Start by inspecting your homes from top to bottom and making a list of the work that needs to be done. Do the minor work you feel comfortable with yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for help with the others. Don’t put off repairs because water damage or a serious breakage could occur and result in unwanted costly expenses, especially if your home insurance does not cover this type of damage.
The Roof Over your Head
As you know, the first thing to be affected by heavy snow and extreme temperatures in winter is your roof. As soon as the weather permits and the ice has melted, inspect the following:
- Inspect the shingles or sheet metal. If they are damaged, they should be replaced by experts.
- Check the overall structure. If there are signs of weakness or water infiltration, don’t wait to have it repaired.
- Trim any branches that reach the roof.
- Check your chimney’s condition. The seals should be redone first.
- Empty your gutters; remove dead leaves and other debris.
Signs such as icicles hanging from the roof in the winter and the absence of snow in certain areas should lead you to tour your attic. Check for:
- The presence of abnormal odors;
- The development of stains, fungus or mildew;
- Traces of water;
- The condition of the mineral wool or urethane;
- The condition of the structures that support the roof.
When in doubt, get a specialist to come in promptly.
Doors and Windows that Brighten up your Home
Did you feel as though the temperatures inside your home were as cold as the temperatures outside last winter? This should not be a common occurence… take advantage of spring to take a look at the condition of your doors and windows. Pay particular attention to the seals. If they seem to be deteriorated, this could be the problem. Changing them will quickly resolve the problem. However, if it is the thermoses or the framing that seem to be worn out, do not hesitate to have your doors and windows replaced. if your house is more than 20 years old, this is a perfectly normal procedure.
The Foundations that Support you
Take a closer look at your buildings’ foundations. What you should look for: cracks. If there are none, you can rest easy. If there are, you should quickly try to rectify the situation. The longer the cracks are and the further they extend into the ground, the more you should be concerned. This is a sign of water infiltration! Since water can get in anywhere uninvited, you need to make sure you seal the cracks as soon as possible.
There you have it! With these few pieces of advice, we hope to have helped you and protected you from potential damages because your well-being and safety are important to us. Have a good season!