This winter and spring have seen record rainfalls in southeastern Pennsylvania, and with the intense precipitation comes increased risk for leaks and damage to your home’s structure. This makes it even more important for homeowners to be alert and aware of what to check for in their homes to prevent a small problem from becoming a larger one.
Your home’s windows, siding, and roof are prime areas that can be weakened by excessive rainfall. This checklist can help you take stock of your home and spot potential problems to discuss with JL Roofing and Siding. As always, keep safety in mind when you are conducting any inspection. A fall from a ladder can cause serious injury or even be fatal, so some tasks are best left to professionals, like JL Roofing and Siding who are trained and have the proper equipment to safely complete them.
Checkpoints for the roof:
- Check your attic: Look for water marks on your ceiling, your insulation, and under the rafters.
- Look for missing or damaged shingles.
- Check the caulking around flashings, and if you have a chimney make sure that there isn’t water pooling around it.
- Inspect your rain gutters and downspouts for blockages, cracks, or missing pieces.
Checkpoints for your siding:
- Check for boards that are warped, twisted, or bowed.
- Look at the condition of the paint on your siding. If there is a lot of peeling, cracking, or bubbling, this is a sign that water has caused damage.
- Be on the watch for mildew. You will be able to tell if mildew is affecting your siding by telltale black or brown spots that look like they are dripping down the sides of your house.
Checkpoints for your windows:
- Do an inspection for obvious signs of damage like cracks. Don’t forget to look at the window frame as well as the glass itself.
- See if there is an issue with the window closing or latching properly. If you’ve noticed any drafts, this may be another indication that there is an issue.
- Check to see if condensation forms between the window panes, or collects on the window sill. This is a sign they may need to be replaced soon, as moisture can lead to the growth of mold.
Keeping your home well maintained requires constant vigilance, especially when you are dealing with a greater than average amount of precipitation. Use this checklist to keep an eye on your windows, siding, and roof, and contact JL Roofing and Siding today about any questions or needed repairs.