April 5th, 2014 7:25 PM by Dan Howard
for loose siding, shingles, gutters, downspouts, soffit and fascia. Securing
loose materials is cheaper and looks better than replacing them with new
materials that will not match faded components.
limbs, leaves and other debris blocking gutters will result in wall and
foundation leaks. At the same time you are looking up, check for loose
shingles. A leaking ceiling is a bad way to learn about roof leaks.
looking up at the roof, take a look down and identify and seal spaces between
the house and patio or sidewalks to avoid wet basements
for openings in your fences, particularly if you have pets.
walls that have moved or pushed need repair before they fall or cause damage.
back and check chimney conditions. Loose brick is a safety hazard, chipping
brick can be a sign of blocked or oversized chimneys.
railings to make sure that they are secure. A railing that comes loose can
cause more injury than no railing at all if they come loose while being used
peeling paint which often indicates that there is leakage into a wall or
for hanging limbs. They can damage whatever is below them when they finally
that the decks are secured. Every year we have stories about decks and