If you're a home owner, there a few things you should take a look at every spring. Here in Minnesota, the changing seasons are one of the things many of us enjoy, but it causes some havoc on our homes. Here are 3 things you should consider taking a look at.
- Look around your foundation, the apron by the garage, the sidewalks and anywhere else you may have concrete or asphalt. The winter freeze and the spring thaw create heaving in the ground below your feet. You may notice cracking in the concrete or asphalt. Evaluate if repair is needed. Cracks in the home's foundation may allow water to seep in the home. Cracks and heaving in the sidewalk may create a tripping hazard.
- Check your roof. For homeowners that use a snow rake, examine the roof to make sure the shingles are still adequate. Shingles that are cracked, bent or loose need to replaced. If they are becoming very worn, consider getting quotes for replacement shingles. A worn leaking roof can cause much greater issues if gone unchecked. Have you seen any spots in your ceiling? They may be from a leaking roof.
- Is your sump pump still working? For some homeowners, the spring thaw results in a full sump pail in your basement. Test the sump pump by pouring water in the sump pail to make sure the pump activates. If you're able to fill up the sump pail and the pump does not turn on, repair is needed. Also, make sure you have a hose outside the home that carries the water away from the foundation. Hoses can be purchased at most hardware stores.
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