Spring is soon approaching and with spring comes substantial amounts of water. Here at 360 Inspections we believe prevention is paramount in keeping a building and its components in optimal condition for years/seasons to come.With spring at our doorstep we have compiled a list of preventative measures to ensure water stays as far away from your property as possible.
Gutters: Ensure gutters are clear of all debris in order to allow optimal flow of water. The gutters should also be inspected to ensure water isn't escaping in areas around joints allowing water to leak onto the building.
Gutter Downspouts: Downspouts should extend to a minimum of 6 feet away from your foundation walls in order to guarantee proper evacuation away from the building and its components.
Sump Pump: The sump pump should be tested in order to confirm it functions and is operational. This important device will evacuate water around your foundation footing as the water table rises below it (not all houses are equipped with a sump pump/french drain)
Drains: Floor drains in and around the building should be inspected and cleaned to ensure proper flow and drainage. These drains can often be clogged or frozen in early spring.
Roof: The roof shingles and connection points to its components (chimney,vents,flashings etc..) should be verified to confirm connections are properly caulked/sealed and that all roof shingles/material are in appropriate condition and properly secured in place.
Windows/Doors: All windows/doors and their connection points to the building should be inspected to ensure caulking joints are sealed sufficiently to prevent water from infiltrating into the building.
For more questions regarding Spring maintenance or to book a Pre-Purchase building inspection contact us at 514-261-1438