You need to check your roof to determine whether there are loose or missing shingles, especially around vents and chimneys. Shingles are the outer shell of protection for your roofing system and a missing or damage shingle can be the first step in allowing unwanted water into your home. Storms aren’t the only source for missing or damaged shingles. Swaying limbs from nearby trees can be the cause of the damage, so make sure that limbs are not in contact with the roof.
Downspouts, gutters, and drainage are responsible for gathering as well as moving water away from your home. You need to ensure that the water from the downspouts is not dispersed close to the side of your home; you may need to pick up an extension or diverter to better manage the waterflow if you notice standing water near your downspouts. These tools can also prevent damage to your landscaping such as trenches or divots. Your exterior care should also extend to the gutters around your home that feed the water to the downspouts. Gutters should be free from debris to ensure proper water flow to the designated downspouts. You can always install gutter screens to prevent clogging from fallen leaves or twigs if you have trees near the edge of your home.
Every few months you should walk the perimeter of your home to inspect for signs of damage or wear such as openings in window seals or cracks on the exterior wall. Even the smallest of these can allow water inside leading to damaged building materials and mold. While you check for cracks and openings, keep an eye out for signs of rotting damage, termites, or mold. Before patching the cracks or resealing around windows, be sure to check inside the walls for mold. Some areas, this may be easy to do but may require you to cut out a piece of drywall to inspect inside. You could also give us a call to perform a mold inspection. We use top of the line imaging equipment to identify mold without having to cut into your walls.
Test your doors and windows to ensure that they close tightly and that the seals are all properly in place. Make any necessary repairs to prevent water from getting in during a storm, flooding, or from a wild spraying sprinkler. Also, avoid having plants or bushes that are located closely to your exterior siding as they attract pests and moisture. Ideally, these plants should be 2 feet from any exterior wall.