Before we get too far into the summer, here are exterior maintenance items to inspect on your home.
Start on the roof if you’re able, or view it from the ground for safety. Look for signs of wear to the shingles: curling, cracking, nails popping through the shingles and split or missing shingles.
Check the valleys where two rooflines intersect.
Check the metal, wall to roof, flashings around chimneys and flues. Check the rubber boots around plumbing vents.
Inspect the flashing around skylights and sky windows. Caulk as needed. At the gabled ends, repair missing screens and clean out old bird and hornet nests.
Inspect the tops of masonry chimneys. These tend to crack and need to be caulked. Loose brick and missing mortar need to be repaired. If you have a chimney cap, make sure it is secure.
Clean and inspect gutters. Leaky and clogged gutters can cause a wet basement or flooded crawl space. Make sure the downspouts carry the runoff water at least 6 feet from the house.
On the exterior of the home looked for chipped, peeling, or flaking paint.
Inspect for loose vinyl or aluminum siding.
Check for broken or missing storm windows and screens. If you have your screens in storage, it’s time to bring them out and inspect for damage.
Check window glazing. Putty, especially if you have storm windows, can harden and become useless. Clean off the old putty and apply new before painting the window jambs.
Inspect the caulking around windows and doors and recaulk all loose and missing areas.
Close foundation vents and uncover basement windows.
Inspect crawl spaces for signs of flooding. If water is present, have a sump pump installed.
Inspect for erosion. Washed-out areas next to the foundation should be filled and compacted. Maintain a slope away from the foundation of a half-inch per foot.
Turn off the power to the outside unit of the central air conditioning system and spray the outside coils with a garden hose. Remember to turn the power back on when you’ve finished.
Inspect the incoming overhead electrical wires. If the wiring passes through and close to tree limbs, contact the power company. Downed limbs can cause power outages for you and for your neighbors.