Spring into Summer Checklist – More Than Cleaning!
The past couple months have definitely brought about some lifestyle changes and have had a lot of people taking cleaning and disinfecting to a new level; however, there is more than just spring cleaning and projects that need managed during this time. Right now is the ideal time to really look deeper and give your home an overhaul with an interior and exterior inspection. Especially due to the weather we’ve been experiencing that has definitely been wreaking havoc on everyone's homes. To make this process easier, we've put together a list of areas to examine, where if you find any issues - we can help!
The Roof/Gutters: You don't need to climb up on top of the roof to see if there are issues. The most important thing is to check and clear the gutters and downspouts of any debris. Most likely leaves and dirt have accumulated over the winter and could be blocking the external drainage that is supposed to be leading water away from your home. We cannot stress enough how water can ruin the foundation of your home by causing cracks which could eventually allow the water into your basement or crawlspace.
Basements/Crawl Spaces: In the Spring (due to the increase of moisture) basements and crawl spaces are at a higher than normal humidity moisture level and the influx of rain can bring numerous infiltrations of water. Take your time and look for pooling of water, changes in the color of the walls (stains/mold), visual water damage like cracking or crumbling of walls, etc. As humidity and moisture increases, so does mold and other allergens that affect the air quality in your home. A good fact to remember is that up to 60% of the air you breathe in your home comes from your basement or crawlspace so in the long run, this could cause serious health issues for you and your family. This is where we are the experts.
Exterior/Interior Walls: No matter what type of exterior walls you may have, there are warning signs that will let you know if there is an issue. Look for water stains or cracks that may be a sign of damaged areas, knots that have popped out, or areas that may need attention. Cracks in your interior walls could be something simple as drywall or paint cracks but knowing your home and inspecting these areas will help determine how serious a wall crack might be. If the crack is vertical and begins where the wall and ceiling meet, it might be a sign that it was created when the foundation settled after construction. Blemish cracks can usually be taken care of on your own. If you see a crack that is horizontal or takes the path of a rough 45-degree angle, there may be a more severe issue with the foundation shifting or water damage. If you witness this or anything concerning, contact a professional to assess the exact cause so you can have peace of mind and to prevent further damage.
Foundations: When inspecting the exterior of your home, be sure to examine the foundation thoroughly. Some cracks can be fixed with a DIY kit, but a concrete contractor can inspect from top to bottom and can repair or make suggestions that will bring your home to safe conditions. Again, water is one of the invasive matters that can really damage the foundation of your home. We have witnessed so many homes that have been close to collapsing due to water creating a void under the foundation or cracks that were more intrusive than the homeowners believed. In addition to water, cracks can allow the entrance of insects and such that can be a pain to deal with as well. Measuring cracks and knowing your home or changes will prolong the life of your home. We believe that the kitchen may be the heart of the home, but a home begins with a solid foundation.
Settling/Uneven Concrete: Check for tripping hazards in your home; from the sidewalks, patio, floors, patios and more…if it’s uneven or settling, usually it’s not an easy DIY fix. Some settling is normal but if it’s truly noticeable or unsafe, we have a professional concrete lifting and leveling division of our company that can repair it with a safe, easy, cost-effective, solution. For more details you can visit Midstate Concrete Leveling and Lifting at https://www.nyconcretelifting.com/
If you find any major issue in the process that you would like a professional opinion on anything mentioned in this list, please contact us at Midstate Basement Authorities for a free, no obligation, analysis. We have a lot of Do-it-Yourself tips and can help you decide what solutions may fix your issues or recommend the best option for a long-term resolution. If it's not something we specialize in, we are connected with a large network of other professionals that will be able to assist you! Contact us today at 888.99.DRY NY.