Clarks Summit Pa Homes Important Maintenance Tips

Reblogger Bonnie Vaughan
Real Estate Agent

Homeowners in Clarks Summit Pa should pay special attention to gutters, downspouts and chimneys.  Poorly maintained any one of these areas could cause significant water damage to your home.

Protect your most important investment by annually inspecting these items around your home.

The following article was written by professional home inspector David Selman.  You may find the examples useful around your home.

Original content by David Selman 10299

Home Maintenance Tip - Chimneys, Rain Gutters, Grading

(Chimney & Fireplace)
Chimneys should be inspected for loose or deteriorated bricks or mortar. If covered with stucco or other siding, look for cracks, loose materials and peeling paint. Chimney caps should be inspected for loose or broken sections as should the protruding clay chimney liners. Chimney flashings should be inspected for leakage. Efflorescence (a white salt build-up on the chimney) indicates moisture within the chimney and further investigation is required. Metal chimneys should be checked for rust, missing rain caps and loose braces. All chimneys should have a spark-arrestor and screen installed. Inspection and cleaning of your fireplace and chimney by a professional chimney sweep annually is highly recommended and very affordable.

(Rain Gutters)

Gutters and downspouts should be checked for blockage, leakage (from rust holes or leaking joints) and areas requiring re-securing or re-sloping. Paint deterioration should also be repaired. Downspout seams should be checked for splitting (the seam is usually against the wall). A split downspout is often plugged with debris. Water accumulates in the downspout, freezes and splits it open. Damaged rain gutters and downspouts can cause serious damage to your homes exterior.


(Low Soil Conditions)

The grading immediately adjacent to the house should be checked to ensure a slope of one inch per foot for the first six feet away from the house (where practical). Catch basins should be cleaned and tested. Low soil conditions should be corrected with additional fill material to prevent water ponding near the foundation. Generally, only 4-6 inches of the foundation perimeter beam should be visible.


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David Selman
Advanced Professional Inspector
Lic.# 10299
FHA/HUD # F537
Septic Cert #113423

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