HOW TO PROTECT YOUR GREATEST INVESTMENT
ASHI Reminds Homeowners That April is National Home Inspection Month
Des Plaines, Ill. (April, 2018) – Moisture intrusion is a leading cause of home maintenance issues and repairs. With April showers in full swing, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) reminds homeowners that April is National Home Inspection Month and encourages them to identify potential maintenance issues now before they become major repairs.
“April is the perfect time for a spring maintenance inspection,” said Brent Simmerman, Midlands Home Inspections, Inc “When it comes to water intrusion, it’s not often a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ the moisture will take its toll. Between wet climate conditions and ice and snow melt from rising temperatures, a maintenance inspection is the best way to safeguard your greatest investment from potentially costly repairs.”
SPRING MAINTENANCE INSPECTION
A typical spring home inspection should include an evaluation of the roof to identify curling, shrinking, broken or missing shingles that may lead to costly leaks; an assessment of the perimeter of the home to look for signs of settling and for voids that will allow rain to enter through the home’s foundation; as well as a thorough inspection of the air conditioning system.
“While we don’t recommend that homeowners conduct inspections themselves due to safety precautions, there are several areas of the home that homeowners should pay close attention to,” added Simmerman.
Simmerman encourages homeowners to visually inspect hose bibs (the threaded end of the outside water tap or faucet where a hose can be attached) for signs of frost damage, pipes for separated joints or splits; window and door screens for tears and holes; gutters for broken or loose pieces; and surfaces for cracking or peeling paint and caulking.
In its 32nd year and with 5,500 members, ASHI is the oldest and most widely recognized non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America. Its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics is the industry standard. For more information on ASHI, visit www.ASHI.org or call 800-743-2744.