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ANGLES

Top 10 Tips
from
Remodelers
to Prepare Your Home for Spring after Winter
HBA Staff

1. Inspect roof

Check your roof for loose, warped or missing shingles and make
sure the chimney flashing and skylight seals are intact.

2. Clean and repair gutters

Clear winter storm debris from gutters and downspouts, and
check that they are still securely attached to the house. Blocked
gutters can allow water into your home and damage trim.

3. Look for leaks

Common culprits for hard-to-find leaks are attics, crawl spaces
and washing machine hoses. Inspect these areas, look under
sinks for damage from frozen pipes and check your water heater
for signs of corrosion.

4. Clear exterior drains

Remove leaves from underground or exterior drains to clear the
way for spring showers and prevent backups.

5. Inspect siding

Inspect siding for pieces that have come loose during winter
storms.

6. Check window and door seals

Examine the exterior caulking on door and window seals to
ensure it remains watertight.

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