This year, many parts of the country have enjoyed such a mild winter that even in the Northeast, spring weather seems like it’s just around the corner—if it hasn’t arrived already. Now is the time to call the experts at J&M Construction and Son's Property Maintence group to get a head start on what should be an annual spring home maintenance routine.
“It’s good to do a walk-around of your property, especially after a storm,” says Curtis S. Niles, Sr., president of the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI). “Winter is tough on roofs and chimneys.” It can also take its toll on windows, walls, foundations, gutters and decks.
Roof. J&M Construction will inspect for any shingle-shifts, which can signal that some fasteners may have failed and may need replacing, as well as any cracked or missing shingles or any nail-pops. “We call them eyebrows,” Niles explains. “It’s when nails push the tabs of the shingles up, allowing water to get in where those nails are coming through.” All will need to be addressed to keep your roof at peak performance.
Chimneys. J&M Construction will check the joints between bricks or stones to see if any have fallen out, or if there's vegetation growing out of them. These can signal water infiltration. If needed, we will repair and re-seal the chimney masonry.
Exterior Walls. Whether you have wood siding, stucco or brick, an inspection should be made to look for trouble spots, especially under eaves and near gutter downspouts. Water stains normally indicate that gutters are not adequately containing roof runoff. And if you have wood siding. J&M Construction will check for openings, damaged areas or knots that have popped out, all which can make it easy for carpenter ants, woodpeckers and other critters that may nest in or burrow through.
Foundations. When inspecting the exterior of your home, it's critical that the foundation be inspected from top to bottom for masonry cracks. “Routine caulking by homeowners won’t do the job,” says Niles. J&M Construction's team will make sure your foundation is safe and secure after the wear and tear of Winter.
Windows. Leakage around windows will admit warm summer air and let cooled indoor air escape, and J&M Construction will inspect all windows for adequate caulking and weather stripping. “A tight seal is the first line of defense against air and water,” says Marty Davis, marketing manager of Simonton Windows, Columbus, OH. If you experienced condensation inside the glass on double- or triple-glazed windows during the winter months, the weather seal has been compromised, and either the glass or the window will need to be replaced.
Contact J&M Construction and Son, LLC to schedule your Spring Home Check Up today: (203) 256-5785.