Spring weather is a perfect time to get outside and walk around the entire perimeter of your home to check for any signs of needed maintenance. Houses “settle” over time and are constantly in a state of movement, believe it or not. It is common for caulk joints to deteriorate over time and a lot of us take it for granted that certain small, but very important areas such as caulking are “out of sight, out of mind”. Its much easier and less expensive to replace caulk in order to prevent larger and more expensive issues later. Wood rot and excessive movement however may indicate larger issues that need to be dealt with.
Check for the following:
Check for any insect intrusion coming into your brick’s weep holes, any cracking of the slab, or soil separation. Make sure vegetation, mulch and dirt stay at least 4-6″ below the top of your slab
Check your window’s caulking. An inexpensive tube of caulk goes a long way to keep your windows air and water tight.
3) Wood trim and siding
Check for any signs of wood rot, mildew or gapping due to settlement. In our case, Spring brought an overactive squirrel that chewed right through one of our trim boards to take up residence in our attic! Use binoculars if you need to see the higher points better
4) Hose Bibs and other Exterior penetrations
Check the seals around any exterior penetrations; again, good seals and caulking help prevent insect intrusion, water issues and the like.
If you are not up to the challenge of getting up on a ladder for 2 story homes, most painter type contractors should not charge a lot for this type of caulking or small wood replacement maintenance.
As always, I am here to help with any questions you have. Enjoy your Spring!