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Spring 2015 Home Maintenance Tips

April 21, 2015

After the frigid snowy winter we've experienced we are all happy to welcome Spring! Although "April showers bring May flowers", it also brings many tasks that homeowners must do to maintain their property. So here are five tips that our Keystone Home Inspection experts thought the average homeowner could take to guide them through their Spring home maintenance.

Look up first!

  • Roofs. During Summer months the sun can really damage roof shingles. So it is a good idea to inspect your roof and replace any missing, cracked, buckled, or loose shingles. Even shingles that are missing granules need to be replaced. Since your roof is your home's first line of defense against the elements it should be kept in tip top shape.
  • Chimneys. Although chimneys are rugged and last for many years they require a close inspection in the Spring. This is where a homeowner should hire a certified chimney sweeper to clean the flue and examine the exterior for any damage. Any flashing that needs replacement should be performed by a qualified roofer.
  • Exterior walls. A thorough inspection of your homes exterior walls will help to identify trouble spots. Water spots or stains will indicate that your gutters are failing to contain the run-off from your roof. Which could spell foundation trouble years later, if left unchecked.
  • Foundations. A good foundation is vital for the safety and health of our homes. Check your foundation for cracks in the Spring. Even a small 1/6 of an inch crack can lead to hefty problems. It can allow water into your home. As this process continues with the seasonal temperature changes that crack can expand and cause structural damages. It is best to hire a foundation specialist who can use a two-part epoxy injection system to bond the crack chemically for a sound repair.
  • Concrete walkways and driveways. If you have invested in a concrete driveway or walkway, good maintenance will keep your investment working for you for years to come. A concrete driveway or walkway can last, on average, up to 30 years! So inspect your driveway or concrete slabs for cracks or movement. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone. If you seal your concrete you can keep salt, chemicals, dirt and plant growth out of you investment. If you noticed movement, call a professional! The cost of a repair versus a replacement down the line, will feel much better on your pockets.

As the premier professional home inspector for the Northeast, Ohio area, I have seen a small problem with an easy fix, turn into a very costly undertaking. I'm hopeful that if a homeowner follows these Spring maintenance tips they will keep their home in great shape. However, if you have any doubts or questions about areas of your home, feel free to contact me to schedule a home inspection.

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