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Texas seasons vary drastically. Between the crazy winter weather of freezes and “chilling” cold temperatures, to the hot, dry summer heat. Your home sees more damage than you think. As we approach the unpredictable spring season riddled with storms and rainy weather, here are a few tips to get your home in tip-top shape and to help protect it from storm damage this season!
Examine Roof Shingles
Roofing is essential, it’s what protects you and your family from the elements. With the crazy stormy weather that we can experience during spring time in Texas ensuring your roof is in great condition is important.
● Examine shingles before storm season hits and after any serious weather in your area
● Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced
If you see damage to your shingles or hardware contact a licensed roofing company or your insurance company to further inspect your roof.
Probe the Wood Trim
This is important in order to get ahead of any potential leaks or flooding that could take place inside your home.
● Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks
● Make repairs NOW before the Spring storm weather hits
Check the Gutters
This is an essential part to prepping for any season change. ALWAYS make sure you have clean gutters and that they are draining properly
● Check for leaks and proper drainage
● Make sure downspouts drain AWAY from your foundation and are clear of debris. You want to care for your foundation as much as you possibly can. Keep excess water off of your foundation because too much wetting and drying action can create movement and cracks in your foundation.
Use Compacted Soil
This is a huge step you can take in order to prevent further landscaping issues. Remember that with Spring comes more water and with STANDING water comes more insects and mosquitos. Standing water becomes a breeding ground for insects, so it’ important to get ahead of that as well. Click here to help determine the best soil for your yard.
● Low areas in your yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil
● Spring rain can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage
Inspect the Concrete
Inspecting your concrete and foundation should be on your seasonal checklist as well.
● Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement
● All exterior slabs EXCEPT pool decks should drain AWAY from the home’s foundation
● Power Wash and seal concrete for additional protection (It’s best to get this done before the hot summer heat hits!)
Check Outside Faucets
After winter it is important to check your outside faucets for damage or leaks. Checking just doesn’t ensure that your hose will run properly but will also help detect any internal leaks or damage as well.
● Check hose faucets and openings for freeze damage and cracks
Service the AC Unit
We all know how hot it can get in Texas during the summer! Get ahead of those issues before you and your family have to go without AC!
● Change interior filters on a regular basis
● Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the AC system