Houses tend to be sturdy and long lived, but just like all our things, they do require regular maintenance. Winters in the most of the USA mean heavy snow fall, and this year has been quite severe for a lot of states. Even though that is now behind us and the weather is (relatively) nice, there may be some consequences to your house.
There are several things you really need to check in order to ensure that the winter hasn’t wreaked havoc on your home. Depending on where you live in the USA, the likelihood of certain problems may be different, but you’d better check it all, just to be on the safe side.
If there has been heavy snow fall in your area or if the ground was frozen for a while, that may have caused some pipes in your home or on your property to burst. The excessive water bills won’t be your worst problem if you let this problem go unnoticed and unrepaired.
Water can be a truly destructive force and, given enough time, it can do a tremendous amount of damage. If you notice that your water bill has increased without any changes in your water use, or you can hear water running somewhere in your house with all taps turned off, this might just be your problem.
Even though you can suspect something is off, in order to be able to confirm or repair the problem, you will need help from professionals. Consult professionals like KIC Restoration to help you identify and repair this damage as soon as possible.
Your roof is always exposed to the elements. Over time, the weakest parts of it will likely give way and some damage may occur. Things like heavy rain fall, strong winds, or the weight of the snow can all contribute to the likelihood of damage. Both the outer surface of the roof, as well as the supporting structure of the roof can become damaged and need to be checked.
The simpler way to do it is to hire professional roofing inspectors to do the job for you, but if you want to do it yourself, you can. Look for any leaks in the shingles, as well as structural damage to the supporting structure. Another important thing to look for on the attic is signs of mold. It grows in dark and damp areas, which makes a leaky roof an ideal candidate.
Check Your Concrete for Damage
Harsh winters and the freeze-thaw process can really put a strain on the concrete. So much strain, in fact that it can cause cracks to appear in the structure. Even though it may seem harmless at first, the cracks may get wider with every rain and every freeze. Cracked concrete is a safety hazard, as someone can trip and fall, injuring themselves in the process.
More concerning, however, are cracks in your house’s foundations. Tiny cracks can be expected if the house is a bit older, but big and long cracks may be pointing to something being wrong with your foundation, perhaps a slab leak.
Get Your AC in Order
Now that you can retire your furnace for the season, it is time to prep your AC unit for the summer season. Make sure that it is clean and that the refrigerant is topped up so that you can start using it as soon as possible. You can do this yourself, or hire professionals to do it for you. The benefit of hiring professionals is that they may be able to spot some potential problems and save you a lot of money on unnecessary repairs.
Bringing your house in order in spring is so much more than just cleaning it, but once you do it, you will be safe in the knowledge that your home is safe and sound for another season.