Over time, the siding of your home can be stripped of paint due to the weather. Also, shrubbery or crawling vegetation can significantly affect the appearance of your exterior walls by scraping away paint, bringing excess moisture, causing mold, or just damaging the wall during growth. It’s a good idea to inspect the outside of your home to keep it in mint condition and prevent damage. This is how to inspect your exterior walls!
This is a Preventative Maintenance Task!
Any damage found should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent those areas from getting worse and costing you more money. Sometimes, plants like ivy or crawling vegetation will grow up a wall. Some designers or homeowners think this is attractive, but the roots can grow into mortar joints and behind the wood, causing the wood to rot or weaken the masonry resulting in expensive repairs.
Tasks can be done by: Homeowner, handyman, home inspector
How To Inspect Your Exterior Walls | Task Steps
Step 1 – Inspect the window well
- Inspect your window well for debris that would hinder emergency entry or escape in case of a fire or flood.
- You’re going to want to make sure that the window itself can work properly. Crawl out of the window through the window well and up into the yard. This is the process that will happen if any law enforcement or firefighter were to need to rescue you in an emergency.
Step 2 – Maintain the window well
- If you noticed any obstructions within the window well, like mass piles of leaves or trash that have blown down within, you’re going to want to clean it out.
- The easiest way is to get down in there with some gloves and a garbage bag, but the main goal is to clean any debris out of the well area.
- If you want to eliminate this work in the future, check into installing a window well cover. Several different types can help keep debris out while still allowing sunlight into your basement.
- Tool List: rake, shovel,
- Supply List & Costs: trash bag, $0
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