I was recently at a home inspection with one of my favorite inspectors, Richard Healy, President of A-1 Home Inspection Services who started talking to me about how folks can get themselves and their home Winter-Ready.
I asked Richard what is the most common area of your home that takes the worst beating during our crazy Northwest Winters. Without hesitation, he said, “The Roof…it all starts with the Roof”!
So I took out a pen and a piece of paper and jotted down a few things that he said that I wanted to relay to you.
LET’S TALK MAINTENANCE:
First, let’s check the roofing system.
To best protect the life of our roof, we need to start by cleaning all debris off the roof. Tree debris left on the roof can aid in moss growth and hide damaged roofing material. It’s important to check for missing and cracked shingles. Even though the roof might not be leaking through the cracked shingles now, it is a concern in the future after the roofing felt fails. Also, some asphalt shingles may have moved and curled up on the edges from the heavy winds we’ve experienced. These shingles will need to be tarred on the under edge and pressed together.
It is important to check the chimney for damaged and missing bricks and mortar.
If bricks are missing, look down the chimney. It is not uncommon to find that the bricks have fallen into the chimney. If so, it is important to remove the bricks at once because this can block the venting of the oil or gas furnace and fires, as well.
Next, check the gutters and downspouts and clean them out.
If you found large tree branches on the roof, there could potentially be damage to the wood rafters or trusses in the attic. Recommend checking the attic space for damage.
It is also important that the inside top of all exterior windows and doors be inspected for water stains or water. If so, you will need to caulk or flash these areas.
I found this information very useful and have actually taken Richards advise and looked at my own home(s) for any signs of damage or other issues that may become a bigger problem by the next storm…and there’s always a next storm in the Pacific Northwest Winter.