Check gutters for winter damage, repair if necessary, clean out gutters, check functionality of downspouts and water discharge area
Evaluate grade around house and improve drainage, and if needed, add downspout leaders to carry the water well away from the foundation
Raise/store storm windows, make needed repairs now
If unable to keep basement humidity under control with basement windows open, close windows and start dehumidifier: target relative humidity is 50-60%
Check for adequate ventilation in attic, open gable-end attic windows for increased ventilation, remember to insert screens to keep out bats and other unwanted visitors
Inspect roof for damage and leaks, a good time to inspect the attic for leaks is when it’s raining·
Check windows, repair any cracked glass and re-glaze and paint where needed ·
Trim all trees and vegetation around house so there is ideally at least 2-3 feet clearance
Gently wash dirt and mold growth off wood siding and trim; mild soap and TSP substitute works well on wood surfaces, power washing is not recommended because of potential for water infiltration and damage to wood ·
Closely inspect exterior of house, basement and attic for insect infestation, treat where necessary for carpenter ants, termites and powderpost beetles with non-toxic (to humans and animals) Boracare.
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