Mid-Summer is the Best Time for Outdoor Maintenance

A lot of people are still working from home which gives many the opportunity to perform long overdue household maintenance chores. Now that summer is in full gear, it is the perfect time for tackling outdoor projects. Making sure your home has proper drainage around it, checking your gutters, and maintaining driveways and pathways should all be on your to-do list. Torrential downpours are common during the summer months and water is a home’s biggest enemy. Some preventative maintenance can save you a lot of time and money.

Grading

The land grading including driveways and paths should slant slightly away from the building, allowing water to flow away. Level driveways result in water pooling around your home.  Driveways that slant towards your home mean that water is being pushed towards your garage and foundation, increasing the chance of water infiltration. You want to avoid any water accumulating near the foundation. Cracks in your foundation will let the water seep in and cause damage. The recommendation is a minimum slope of one inch per foot.

Garage drains

The drain on the floor of your garage is meant to control the flow of water and prevent pooling on the floor of your garage. This water can come from rain, your car, or even water used to clean your garage floor. Water puddles on the floor can be dangerous and can damage the floor of your garage so make sure that the drain is clear. Regular maintenance and cleaning will help ensure it functions properly.

Driveways and pathways

Regular maintenance of your driveway is best done in the heat of summer. Most driveways are made of asphalt, interlocking stones, or concrete. Each has its pros and cons and each type requires different maintenance. While asphalt is the least expensive, it is the least durable and repairing it can be difficult. Unistone is more durable, and easier to repair, but also more costly. The space between the stones allows for Concrete is the costliest and the most durable, but winters can be tough on concrete.

Whichever surface you choose, you should be sure to maintain the driveway regularly. Seal your driveway to protect it with a high-quality sealant made for that particular surface. Applying sealant too often can cause cracking and not applying it often enough shortens its life. Most of the pros recommend that a sealant be applied every 3 years so you can use that as a guide and summer is the best time. A sealant that is applied during hot weather will dry quicker. Driveway materials expand in the heat and will be more likely to absorb the sealant.

If your driveway slopes down towards the house, you should make sure that the drain at the bottom is regularly maintained. Any debris that may block it should be removed so that water can flow through it easily.

Gutters

If you didn’t do this in the Spring, check gutters for holes or leaks. Also, if you clean out any debris that may have accumulated, you’ll avoid blockages that make the rain spillover and saturate the ground below.  Rain that spills over from gutters can damage the bricks of a home and fixing gutters is much less expensive than fixing bricks.

Downspouts

Your downspouts should be diverting water far away from your house. They can be extended if necessary, to make sure water is not pooling. Water accumulation near the house can cause basement leaks, one of the most common areas for water leakage.

Trees

While tress can provide curb appeal and much needed shade, they should be trimmed so that they are not too close to your home. The moisture from dripping tress can also cause damage to the roof and exterior of your home.

Many of the above tips involve making sure water is flowing away from your house, or not pooling. Homeowners who proactively take care of water problems before they become safety issues can reduce the cost of repairs and lessen the chance of problems such as mold. If you are planning on selling your home, a pre-inspection can alert you to potential issues before you sell your home. Mose Home Inspection believes you need to know everything about your home and that includes whether you have a water infiltration problem. As a customer, you can always contact us with questions, or visit our website.

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Lay Chan Wee
01:19 31 Aug 21
I was impressed with the service provided by Rui Su. He was organized, explained in detail area that I am not familiar... with. He provided a good report. I will recommend him if you need home inspection.read more
Mary Jane Caro
Mary Jane Caro
14:25 27 Aug 21
I am always pleased to recommend Carol Mose from Mose Home Inspection Services to my clients who have had offers... accepted on residential real estate properties. She is knowledgeable, thorough, provides clear explanations, and delivers comprehensive reports.read more
Massimo Pannunzio
Massimo Pannunzio
22:05 25 Aug 21
Michael has got to be on of the best home inspectors in all of Quebec. It was amazing working with him and he had my... best interest at heart when making a life changing decision. He made sure I had all the answers and made it easy to work with him. I will be using Mose inspection for any moment that I need an inspection done that's for sure!read more
Amanda Lee
Amanda Lee
19:14 16 Jun 21
Amazing experience with Carol Mose who helped me with a pre-purchase inspection! She was very approachable and... observant, and informed me of all her first impressions on-site. This gave me greater understanding of any conditions as I was able to ask any quick questions on the spot. Her reports are the most thorough that I've seen and include diagrams to help explain what any physical signs mean and potential consequences. Could not have asked for a better inspector!read more
Maeghan Banks
Maeghan Banks
15:38 14 Jun 21
Carol was wonderful to work with for our pre-purchase inspection. She was professional, thorough and communicative,... taking the time to explain her findings as we went through the house. After the inspection, we felt we had clear knowledge of the condition of the house (both pros and cons), allowing us to move forward with the purchase with confidence. Highly recommend!read more
Ryan Chalupovitsch
Ryan Chalupovitsch
13:43 01 Jun 21
Carol Mose is the best home inspector in the business. Approachable and extremely knowledgeable. She did an... inspection for me and really took the time to explain her findings and help me understand the home I was looking to purchase. Cannot recommend her enough. Don’t hesitate.read more
Elisabeth Faure
Elisabeth Faure
21:16 29 Apr 21
This is the second time I have used MOSE, and they are always really amazing. Very nice, very professional. they came... to have a look at my roof and let me know if we were due for a repair - I was very satisfied with everything and would recommend them to anybody!read more
Hannah S
Hannah S
22:05 16 Apr 21
I had a great experience with Mose home inspection. My husband and I are first time homebuyers and so had a ton of... questions about the process. Everyone we talked with was really informative and helpful. Michael was our inspector and was phenomenal. The inspection was very thorough and he explained everything in detail with realistic next steps for us to take. We came out of the inspection feeling really informed. Plus, he is just an absolute delight! He had very contagious enthusiasm and made the inspection a really positive experience. Would highly recommend!read more
Gabriel Lukuc
Gabriel Lukuc
03:05 16 Apr 21
Michael was amazing. He took the time to explain to us what’s really important and the reasoning behind it. We’re not... very handy nor savvy when it comes to home construction so we really appreciate him taking the time to explain to us all aspects of the inspection. Also, Michael was friendly, professional and timely; he provided the report over a holiday and a weekend.read more
Stephanie Ballard
Stephanie Ballard
14:24 19 Mar 21
MOSE is the best in the business. Once again we were happy with their inspection services - they are professional,... friendly and knowledgeable. Would not hesitate to recommend to friends and family (and have)!read more
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