Winter is around the corner and bringing with it are many potential dangers to your Jersey Shore home. Frigid temperatures, downed leaves, and crazy winter precipitation create the prefect combination to cause havoc on your home.
As a homeowner, it’s important that your home has a proper drainage system. Keeping your home’s drainage system in working order can help you avoid disastrous damage to your home’s foundation. Here are a few tips on things you can do to keep water draining properly away from your home to avoid any potential future damage.
Falling leaves, debris, and dirt can accumulate in your home’s gutters causing a clog. Clogged gutters can result in water making its way into your home or parts of your yard it shouldn’t. Whatever you do, don’t wait until spring is here to clean out your gutters. Do it now! Over the winter months there could be a lot of precipitation from snow, ice, and rain. You need your gutters to function properly. Don’t forget to clean out your downspouts as well.
Water Shut-Off Valve
In the instance that something catastrophic might happen, such as a burst pipe, you need to know where the water shut-off valve is in your home. Have all members of your home know where it is and know how to use it. It never hurts to be prepared. It could save you from more damage down the road.
Inspect Your Roof
Before ice and snow arrive take the time to inspect your roof for any signs of damage. Missing or damaged shingles need to be repaired to prevent water from finding its way inside your home. This form of water leakage won’t cause damage to your foundation, but it does have the potential to do a lot of damage. Also, while inspecting your roof, examine the metal flashing around your chimney and vent pipes for signs it may be pulling away from your home or other signs of damage.
The landscaping around your home can create great curb appeal, but it also potentially cause water damage. The right landscaping can absorb water and prevent an excess of it from finding its way into the foundation of your home. However, if your landscaping has plants too close to the exterior of your home, their roots could potentially cause pressure on your home’s foundation. When planting around your home keep the plants the same distance from your home as they are expected to grow. For instance, if a shrub is expected to grow to 3 feet, then plant it 3 feet away from the exterior of your home.
If your home has wood siding now is the time of year you want to check it for any signs of rot or damage. There should be no more than 8 inches between the wood siding and the soil below or you could run the risk of moisture from the soil extending to the wood and causing mildew, mold, or even rot. If there is damage to your home’s wood siding it could result in water finding its way in and working its way to your home’s foundation which could cause mold growth in your home.
If buying or selling a home along the Jersey Shore is something you are considering, we’d be delighted to take the time to show you potential homes and to answer any questions you may have about living on the New Jersey shore, or owning a second home. Our job is to make your tomorrow better than today. Contact us today via email or give us a call at 609-264-6762.