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Wet Winters

Exceptionally wet winters can be a problem.  It does not matter that we have been saved from endless hours of shoveling sidewalks and deicing steps because we still have moisture.  Unwanted water in a home or building can come in many forms from flooded basements, leaky roofs and infiltrated moisture in façades.  

There are a few simple practices that can help you avoid the headache of water in your home/business.

Inspect Your Roof

  • Look for cracks along the ridge of your roof and where shingles fold over to form the cap.
  • Inspect the valleys of your roof, which is the area of your roof with a downward slope
  • Keep an eye out for missing, loose or curled shingles.  Replace any of those in that condition to avoid moisture leaks that can migrate to your ceilings and/or walls.

Get Gutter/Downspout Ready

  • Examine your gutters/downspouts to make sure they drain well and do not cause water to back up.
  • Clean out any loose debris from fall leaves, twigs and nesting materials from feathered friends.
  • Make sure there are not a lot of granules collecting in your gutters.  If so, this is a sign that your roof may need replacement.
  • Clean out any downspout clogs and check for holes.
  • Direct downspouts away from your house – adding extenders will keep water from dumping adjacent to your foundation.

 

Working From the Inside Out

  • Check your ceilings to make sure you are not experiencing signs of a roof leak or other leakage. Be on the lookout for water rings, mold or wall or ceiling discoloration. Make any necessary repairs to fix the issue and prevent it from happening again during the upcoming wet season.

 

Examine Your Windows and Doors

  • Make sure they close and seal properly.
  • Make any needed repairs and improvements to provide a watertight seal.

 

Give Your Basement a Thorough Exam

  • Check your interior walls for dampness – look for visible stains on wall treatments or paneling on finished basements, or dampness seeping between stones on unfinished basements.
  • If you detect a foul, musty odor, it may be a sign that mold and mildew is present as a result of water intrusion.
  • Install a portable humidifier in your basement.  If you need to empty the humidifier several times a day, you most likely have a problem with water intrusion.

If you experience problems due to wet weather, first contact your insurance agent and request an adjuster to come and inspect the damage.

Criterium-Peters Engineers, Inc. offers a variety of services to assist building owners.  Contact us at 570.752.8044 or info1@criterium-peters.com to arrange a free phone/email consultation to discuss any building related problems you have.  We specialize in forensic inspection investigations and property condition reports for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential structures.