Midwest Weather Takes a Toll on Your Home
The always changing weather in the Midwest can take a toll on a home’s shingles, siding, windows, heating system, plumbing and more. Unfortunately, issues may not be fully apparent right away. By the time you notice them, your home may require major repair work.
Along with melting snow and ice, spring temperatures usher in warm, wet weather. If your home took a beating this winter, it may not be prepared to keep the water outside, where it belongs. Today, Restoration RX is going to dive in with reasons why you should schedule a home inspection on your Sioux Falls area property this spring.
Roof Damage Caused by Improper Ventilation
Working with a professional home inspector means hiring a trained eye to look for issues that the average person might not notice. For instance, your home’s shingles may look like they came out of the winter season unscathed, but did you know that much of the damage they incur may be coming from inside your home?
An improperly vented attic allows moisture to build up beneath your roof, creating the ideal environment for fungi to grow, which will cause your home’s wood to rot. As the damage spreads, the entire roofing system will eventually deteriorate, including the supports, decking, underlayment and even the shingles.
A typical ventilation system will take in cool, fresh air at the roof’s eaves, soffits or fascia and will release hot, moist air from the roof ridge. During the summer months, when the sun is stronger, it will beat down on your roof, heating up your attic and the rest of your house. Your cooling system will have to work overtime to make up the difference.
The US Federal Housing Administration makes some important recommendations on attic ventilation. The good news is that a reputable home inspector can look for signs of trouble once the snow and ice have melted, so you can get an early start on making repairs.
Windows and Doors
Spring is the ideal time to have your windows and doors examined by a professional. During a home checkup, the technician will look for telltale signs of winter weather wear, including cracked or peeling caulk and damaged weather stripping. He/she will also check the seals on glass to see if they are failing.
You’ll save money on cooling bills this summer if your windows and doors are able to keep cool air in and hot air out. Window repair or replacement is best done when the weather is warm, but before the flies and mosquitoes are out.
Your home’s siding takes a beating all year long, not just in cold weather. Siding adds to your property’s curb appeal, and it protects it from the elements, too. Rain, snow, sleet, ice wind and sun put siding to the test in South Dakota. A home inspection by Restoration RX will help you determine whether your siding is still able to do its job, or if the area’s freeze and thaw cycles have put it in need of repairs or replacement soon.
Gutters and Downspouts
Freeze and thaw cycles can also do a number on gutter systems. Before the summer storms roll in, you want to be sure your gutters and downspouts are in working order. Gutters ensure rainwater is transported away from your home’s foundation, to keep it from leaching into your basement and causing all kinds of trouble. A home inspection will confirm that gutters and downspouts are securely attached and free from sags, gaps, dips or debris.
While we’re on the subject of seepage, let’s not forget the importance of a working sump pump during the wet season. Your home inspector will report on the current state of your sump pump so you can plan to have repairs made or a replacement done in order to avoid flooding in your downstairs area.
Air Conditioning Inspection
As we inspect homes for clients each spring, we run across a lot of air-conditioning systems that have been neglected. Although your air conditioner may have worked well right up until the end of summer last year, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to turn it on and have it work efficiently this spring.
We always advise homeowners to tag along on a home inspection, because they’ll pick up a lot of valuable information about maintaining their home. If we see an AC unit that needs attention, we’ll let the owner know about it. We like to tell them that, in order to prolong the life of any appliance, but especially an air conditioner, they’re going to have to provide a little TLC. Regular service and changing AC filters at least once during the season go a long way in making them work like they should.
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For these reasons and more, Restoration RX advises a spring home inspection on your Sioux Falls area home. If you’d like to discuss our services or have questions about how our services can benefit you, please contact us today!