Even a mild winter can wreak havoc on your home’s exterior, thanks to the frequent bouts of high winds we experience here in Kansas. Before the spring rain and summer heat starts punishing your roof, lawn, and siding, spend a couple of hours doing some preventive maintenance to repair and protect your property from damage.
Check the Roof Shingles
Make sure your home’s roofing material is intact and can withstand the coming heat and moisture. Perform a visual inspection of your roof to see if any shingles are missing, loose, buckled, or cracked. If you have asphalt shingles, look for patches where the granules are missing. If you see any of these conditions, contact a professional roofing contractor for repairs or replacement.
Inspect the Guttering
Your home’s gutters are essential for keeping water away from the foundation of your house during a rainstorm. Look for missing brackets that need replaced, and test for leaky or loose sections. Replace any damaged sections of guttering. Clean out each downspout and make sure there are downspout extenders or splash pads at the bottom of each one to ensure water drains away from the house.
Fill in Low Areas of the Lawn
Prevent water pooling in your yard and foundation damage to your home by adding compacted soil to low areas around your lawn. Flooding and ponding water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and water collecting around your house can cause cracks and leaks in the basement walls. Filling in these low spots now will also allow time for grass to grow and fill in the patches.
Maintain Concrete Sidewalks and Patios
All concrete slabs outside your home should be sloped so water drains away from your home, to prevent water from pooling at the foundation, so do a visual inspection for signs of movement. Use a caulk or filler specially made for concrete repair to fill in cracks. Use a power-washer to clean away dirt and debris, then seal your concrete to protect it from further cracking or damage.
Move Firewood Away from Your Home
Termites love wood, whether it’s from the nicely-stacked pile of firewood or your home’s walls. Limit their options by moving your firewood stack at least two feet away from your house. Also, make sure the wood is stored at least 18 inches above the ground to make it more difficult for termites to get access.