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DIY Easy Home & Business Spring Inspection PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:21

Spring is a great time to check your home or business for damage from winter storms.  Water, snow, and ice damage doesn't always show up as leakage into your structure.  Often ice can damage shingles and cause them to start to tear apart.  Ice dams are one of the biggest causes of roof damage.  This issue has been somewhat lessened due to most building codes requiring stick down ice and water shield.  Look at the shingles and see if they appear to be discolored, missing granules, tears, cuts, rips, mold, or mildew on the shingles.  Mold or mildew will often appear where the sun and wind do not hit the shingles.  Often overhanging trees are an issue.  A roof needs sun and wind to remove moisture.  Constant moisture on a roof will rot shingles.

Also check your concrete for cracks that may have opened up over the winter due to ice.  Ice can seep down a very small crack and freeze causing the crack to get bigger.  Cracks as well as expansion joints should be filled with a urethane caulk.  Urethane expands and contracts without breaking the seal against the two surfaces.  Self leveling caulks are available that do just what they say.  They find their own level and are smooth without tooling.  Be careful when using self leveling caulks-they WILL run anywhere they are allowed to run.

Check exterior faucets with a helper in the basement. Often a hose is left attached over the winter and then even a frost free hose bib can crack. This could let a lot of water into the structure without you knowing. So as you are you outside washing your car, the hose bib is washing the inside of your house.

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Egress Windows

What is an egress window? In a nutshell, an egress window is a window that allows for easy exit of an occupied sleeping room particularly in basement bedrooms. Most city codes require the installation of egress windows in newly constructed homes as well as many other instances for older homes. A specialized type of casement window, installation requires the digging and construction of a well and steps on the outside of the basement.