This post is in reference to the beginning of Hurricane Season. As is the normal routine lately the news is already getting hyped up on the number of named storms we have to look forward to. My goal is to remind you of the areas that need to be addressed as this season approaches to help you protect the investment you call HOME.
There are only a few areas that need to inspected before the rainy season but they are important areas and shouldn’t be ignored. Water leaks are somewhat easy to avoid but can be very costly if the preventative maintenance is left undone.
The first area that you should check is your exterior doors. You need to inspect the caulking around your doors and repair any places that seem to be cracking or separating from the door frame or the wall. Next, you should check to make sure that your door is closing tightly against the weather stripping. The easy way to make sure it is closing tight enough is to have somebody on the outside with a flash light and to look around the door for any places that the light might shine in. If you do have places that need adjusting there are two fixes. Either the weather stripping is worn and needs to be replaces or your door has settled over time and needs adjusting to bring it tight to the weather stripping. Finally, you should check to make sure that your door sweep or threshold to make sure that it is adjusted correctly. Again, the easiest way to check is the flash light trick. If there is a gap and your door has a door sweep it needs to be lowered (usually a screwdriver or drill is all that you need), or if it has a threshold the threshold needs to be adjusted up (usually a screwdriver is all that you need).
The next area you should check is your windows. You need to inspect the caulking on all four sides of you windows for cracks and/or separation. If you find any, you need to cut out the old caulking and replace it. This is the most common place to find problems, since there windows are not as rigid as doors they tend to move more when used.
Lastly, you need to inspect you roofing. Lifting or missing shingles can almost always mean you have a roof leak. In this case you should hire a professional to come out and make the repairs so that you can be given a warranty. The roofing on your house is one of the most important components and should be taken care of.
I hope that this has been helpful. As always, I love helping and answering questions, so if you have any please ask them in the comments area.