3 Key Home Repairs to Make After a Brutal Winter

Not sure where to start off with this year’s spring cleaning?

The temperatures are finally starting to warm up enough to convince us that maybe spring really is arriving this week. When spring arrives, so does spring cleaning. This year, that spring cleaning may look more like spring repairs after the kind of winter we have had.

Right now, Detroit is only 3 inches away from breaking the record of the most snow fall in one year. According to the National Weather Service, the record for the Detroit area was set back in 1880-1881 and currently stands at 93.6 inches.

If you have lived in Michigan for any amount of time, you know that just because it is April, it doesn’t mean that the snow is gone for good. In fact, in 1886 there were 25.7 inches of snow in April alone according to the Detroit Free Press. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be in our near future.

This winter, our homes have stood the test of wind, snow, ice, sleet, floods and more. With a high of 45 degrees expected today in Northville, Michigan, it may be time to step out and investigate the damage, if any, that this brutal winter may have caused.

Where to Look for Winter Damage

If you are not sure where to look for winter damage, scan through our list below for 3 key areas where your house may need a little tender loving care.

  1. Check the Foundation
    When checking the foundation of your home, look for cracks. Take care to closely examine the foundation for hairline cracks. According to Homesite Insurance, just because you see a crack, it doesn’t mean that your house is going to cave in. They suggest marking the crack with tape and then to check back on it in a few months.

     

    When the few months have passed, go back and check the crack again. If it hasn’t changed, Homesite Insurance recommends filling in the crack with epoxy-injection system. If the crack size has changed, you may want to call in a structural engineer.

    When inspecting your foundation, you should also look for evidence of termites. North Carolina State University recommends looking for mud tubes on foundation walls. These mud tubes are pencil-size (or larger) tubes that termites build from soil, wood particles and other materials.

    Lastly, make sure to clear away all debris and leaves away from the foundation so that you don’t invite rodents to nest by your home.

     
  2. Check the Roof
    Closely examine your roof for any cracked, missing or loose shingles. You may like to use binoculars from the ground, or if you do it safely, climb up to your roof. Pay close attention to the shingles around your chimney and sky lights. According the
    MSN Real Estate, if you think there might be a leak, head to the attic and check for moisture.

     
  3. Check the Gutters
    Clear out the gutters of your home on the first available dry day of spring. You can bet that leaves and other debris have gotten themselves caught up there. Use a sturdy ladder to examine and clean out the gutters and downspouts or hire someone to do it for you. According to HomeTips, LLC, clearing out the gutters and downspouts will help to protect your home’s “siding, windows, doors, and foundations from water damage and help prevent flooding in basements.”

Summary

No one can contest that this year’s winter weather has been a brutal in Southeast Michigan. Spring is right around the corner and it is time to start your home’s spring cleaning and if necessary, spring repairs.