Mother Nature put on quite a show this winter and some homes took a beating. Here are some things to look for as you visit your properties and assess what damage may have been caused by the wind, rain and snow.
Check steps, decks and porches for wood rot and peeling paint. If the house is vacant, you may want to use some elbow grease or invest in fresh paint on the porch and a power wash to get rid of the winter grime and dust.
Check beneath the house to see if there is any accumulated water. Even if it is raining outside, it should be dry underneath the home. If not, first eliminate the possibility of leaks originating from inside the house by checking the underside of the floor for dripping water or water stains. If an inside leak is not to blame, look next for seepage from outside the house. Determine the source to prevent any future damage.
Foundation for the future:
Inspect the area where the home’s foundation meets the ground for spots where the earth slopes toward the house. Fix any sloping earth so that it directs water away from the house. Trim trees and shrubs to keep them from touching the house and channeling water down the walls. Also, remove ladders, wheelbarrows and other equipment stacked against the outside of the home. Install extensions on gutter downspouts to keep water far from the structure.