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April 9th, 2014 10:54 AM

We are fast approaching our "rainy" season in addition to another hurricane season beginning in June.  Already there have been flash floods and torrential downpours in many areas of the state.  Although there is no need to begin building an ark, homeowners should stay on top of maintenance and repair needs to prevent any water damage and large out-of-pocket expenses. 

Roof shingles that are missing or damaged need to be replaced.  Curling shingles can allow water to leak in, and rusty nails or cupping shingles may indicate damage.

Gutters and downspouts that are too narrow, aren't cleaned periodically, or aren't pitched properly may permit water to come too close to a house, seep in, and damage the foundation or walls.

Windows and doors with broken glazing will likely allow in water and should be repaired or replaced.   Also check for any leaks from around window edges.

 Exterior walls with cracks are additional sources of water entering from the ground.  Cracks should be filled in and a solid coat of paint used to seal them. 

Be sure to have the right homeowners insurance.  Most are not required to carry flood insurance unless in a high-risk zone, but many claims come from even low-risk areas.  Look at all possibilities of coverage, including "sudden water damage."  Take inventory, photograph valuables, and save receipts of significant purchases for possible insurance claims.

The best line of defense is to have your home well prepared and protected against any kinds of water leaks or possible damage.  Spring is the perfect time to take inventory of any exterior maintenance your home may need.

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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on April 9th, 2014 10:54 AMPost a Comment

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