Denver Homes Need Little Tasks To Prevent Big Problem

Dated: 07/10/2019

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Denver 's older neighborhoods have the most beautiful homes. One that I'm partial to is Virginia Village because I lived there for 29 years.

In just a few months, summer will be ending, fall will be looming, and you'll be wondering why you didn't make time for a little preemptive house maintenance...unless you take action now of course. Following are some maintenance and inspection tasks you can easily tackle in just a couple of days.


Brick Structures: Nothing is more destructive to masonry than water. When water finds its way inside a brick structure, it can quickly cause serious problems. Look for chunks of missing mortar between the bricks. Also look for uneven soil and other signs of erosion at the base of your brick structure. And while you're walking the perimeter of your home check sidewalks and driveways for cracks. Left untreated the winter ice can make them worse.

Exterior Paint: Look for signs that your paint is failing. Look for blistering, peeling, chalkiness (the paint leaves a chalky film on your hand when you rub it), as areas with mildew or rust stains.

Surface Drains: If you have drains beneath the surface of your driveway or patio, use a hose to pour water down the drain. If water backs up, you know the drain needs to be cleared. This goes cutters and downspouts too.

Basements and crawl spaces:  Use a flashlight to look for rodent droppings in the corners of your basement. In crawl spaces, also check that the insulation is in good shape and still firmly attached. No insulation in your crawl space? It's an energy-saving improvement you should seriously consider.

Decks: If you have a deck, look for loose boards, nails or screws and rusty hardware, shaky handrails or compromised wood. To determine if your deck needs sealing, spray water over the boards; if it beads, the sealer is sound; if the water soaks in, it's time to reseal.

The Roof: Keep your feet firmly on the ground and use binoculars to scan your roof for missing or curled shingles.

If any of these tasks are too daunting or you are physically unable to preform them, try asking your neighbor for help or contact our office and we will help connect you with the right person.

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John McComas

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