Spring is finally here and things around the office are hoppin'!
Many changes can happen to the structure of your home during the harsh winter weather. We recommend that you are spending a little time with general maintenance of your home twice a year. Many or our customers have a semi-annual "ritual", in which they perform this general maintenance along with other important tasks such as changing batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Today's blog offers some suggestions to help you make sure that your home stays in good repair:
Your roof should be thoroughly inspected. You want to look for any damage to your roofing system such as missing or curling shingles, cracks in membrane, or other problem areas. You also want to remove debris such as leaves and pine needles that accumulate over the winter. Getting up on the roof to remove the debris will allow you to closely inspect the roof. Of course, you can also use binoculars to visually inspect the roof from the ground, or better yet, contact Fortress to help with this maintenance and to inspect your roof for a small fee. By making a habit of inspecting your roof, you can greatly increase the life span of your roof as minor problems can be handled proactively.
The outside of your home should be inspected for damage. Watch for water stains that may indicated problems with your gutters, especially under eaves and near gutter downspouts. Check siding for cracks, splits or loose panels. Check wood for damaged areas, splits or other openings that will allow for unwanted pests such as birds or insects to get into the structure.
Check your brick chimney for cracks or splits in the mortar between the bricks. Watch also for any vegetation growing on the chimney as it could be a sign of water infiltration. Another possible indication of a problem is white calcium staining.
Cracks in the foundation of your home can be a serious problem. Carefully inspect the foundation for any sign or settling or cracking.
Remember - Fortress is your home improvement partner. Don't hesitate to contact for any concern and we will help determine whether or not you need the help of a specialist. Fill out the contact form on our website for a speedy response: