Winter isn’t just rough on us residents – extreme cold, rapidly changing temperatures, and moisture build-up can cause severe and costly damage to your home. Much like our beloved Domes, neglecting small issues will leave them to fester and become expensive disasters. Get in front of these disasters by doing your own inspection and fixing molehills before they become mountains.
Check for missing, cracked, or shifting shingles. Have you heard of nail-pops? If you’re seeing a shingle that curves up like an eyebrow, the nail is pushing up the shingle and allowing water to penetrate the roof. Fix these now to keep the roof working as it should.
If your chimney is made of brick or stone, is the masonry solid? Are you seeing cracks, shifting, or loose pieces? Is there vegetation growing out of these cracks? These are all signs of water infiltration and an expensive future problem. Also keep an eye out for a white calcium-like deposit on the masonry joints. This is called ‘efflorescence’ and is a sign that the joints are absorbing water rather than repelling it.
Look for trouble spots under eaves and near gutter downspouts. If any part of a gutter is failing, inspect nearby walls closely for water damage and replace gutters as soon as possible. Check for openings, damage or knots that have popped out of wood siding, creating a haven for carpenter ants, woodpeckers and other critters that may nest in or burrow through.
This is a good thing to make a habit out of noticing. All buildings settle, so get to know the ins and outs of your foundation and notice when it changes or new cracks appear. Failing foundation affects the entire home, so call your builder right away to address these issues.
Check all caulk and weather stripping to ensure that you’re not “letting the penguins out.” Leakage around windows will admit warm summer air and let your AC- cooled indoor air escape If you experienced condensation inside the glass on double- or triple-glazed windows during the winter months, the weather seal has been compromised, and either the glass or the window will need to be replaced. This is also a good time to have your windows cleaned. Use a non-abrasive cleaner and don’t power wash, or you risk cracking the caulk and compromising the seals.
A few hours of work will save you hundreds if not thousands of ‘not-fun’ money in later repairs, so get out in that sunshine and get to know your home.