Spring weather brings hope for new beginnings and warmer temperatures. Plants, welcomed or not, start to burst out of their winter slumber. Sunshine fills the house, prompting us to spruce up indoors and outdoors.
However, these seasonal changes could significantly damage the exterior protective layers of your house, leading to potentially costly structural damage. Watch out for these conditions:
- Vines growing on the side of the house or other structures. Roots can creep under your siding, warping boards and causing water seepage. Moisture can become trapped against your home, rotting wood or crumbling brick and cement.
- Gutters becoming clogged. You may associate cleaning gutters with autumn leaves, but tree debris and pollen can build up in the spring, weighing down the gutters and pulling them away from the house. Organic debris also can create nesting spots for insects and rodents, increasing the possibility of them invading your home or damaging your home’s exterior.
- Downspouts moving out of position. With spring comes rain and the importance of directing the water away from your foundation. Check all downspouts and determine if any extensions are needed.
- Plantings crowding the foundation. Plants growing too close to your home can cause moisture damage to your foundation. Mature, well developed plants have larger root structures that could penetrate your foundation’s structure.
- Unwanted inhabitants living in wood mulch. While it provides nice curb appeal and helps keep your plants fed, mulch also may attract insects that can enter your home, bringing moisture inside.
- Incorrect use of a power washer. Spray top down. Otherwise, water can get under your siding, warping or rotting it. Monitor water pressure to prevent holes and cracks.
While it’s exciting that spring has sprung, keep these tips in mind so you have time and money to spend on that summer vacation.
This loss control information is advisory only. The author assumes no responsibility for management or control of loss control activities. Not all exposures are identified in this article. Contact your local, independent insurance agent for coverage advice and policy service.