1. Clean gutters
Consider this a bi-annual outdoor maintenance task. Look in gutter bottoms for loose granules that signal your asphalt roof may need replacing.
2. Inspect your roof
Look for curled and missing shingles, rusted and pitted flashing, and cracked caulk around pipe collars, skylights and other roof penetrations.
3. Repair paint
Scrape off any chipped and peeling paint and spot painting exposed surfaces.
4. Trim overgrowth
Spring is a good time to trim branches of shrubs and trees away from your house since you’re still able to see individual limbs. Keep branches 5 to 7 feet away from your home so they can’t conduct moisture onto your roofing and siding. This will also deter squirrels and raccoons from find their way to your attic.
5. Ensure good drainage
Check drainage to make sure the soil slopes away from the foundation walls at least six vertical inches over 10 feet.
6. Check foundation vents
Homes with crawl spaces have vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that help dissipate excess moisture and prevent mold growth.
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