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Foundation Check after Winter

     The effects of winter can be harsh on your home's exterior. One highly rated provider shares three home repairs to look for when winter gives way to spring.The effects of winter can been harsh on homes on the East Coast, especially on homes’ exteriors, which include windows, chimneys, roofs and siding. In order to address these issues, you will need to get a professional who can offer both sound advice and hands-on repairs to a multitude of issues that can arise after the snow, ice, wind and cold temperatures have made their departure.Below are three home repairs to look for when spring rolls around.

1. Check for leaksThe most important aspect of a post-winter home inspection should involve checking to see if any water has entered your home via the roof, windows or chimneys. Specifically, you should look for areas with leaks, water spots or rotting wood – including trim around windows and doors, fascias, rakes and soffits.Any rotten wood should be replaced. Also, be sure to check the caulk and replace it as needed. Additionally, any effects of water damage on the interior of your home (affecting the drywall on walls and ceilings) should be repaired.

2. Look for cracksBesides checking the windows and roof for leaks, a professional should look at concrete, stone or brick around the exterior of your home for gaps where water might have penetrated, frozen and expanded. If this had occurred, a larger gap or crack might have been created, causing an even further chance of a leak.This is a common occurrence on top of chimneys. The “crown” of a chimney is the mortar on top of a brick chimney. It stops water from running down the inside. If the crown is cracked, there is a possibility that it could cause further damage to the brick, which could result in a potentially extensive repair.

3. Ensure proper drainageFinally, all homeowners should have taken the time in early winter to properly drain exterior hose bibs and shut them off – if not, they risk frozen pipes. The danger with frozen pipes is that the water inside can expand and pipes may burst. If that occurs, you will need to have your pipes replaced by a professional.When turning water back on in the spring, take care that no water has frozen and created any new leaks. After a harsh winter, it’s wise to have a professional check to make sure that your home has made it through the season unscathed. Any of these problems left to themselves could create much larger problems.