Springtime in colder regions brings on a lot of change for a home, which is why spring cleaning often includes a little DIY crack-filling action to make sure winter’s wickedness doesn’t do any long-term damage.
Why do changing temps cause so much trouble? It’s just the nature of things, but knowing can help you with your DIY now and your upkeep for next year.
It all starts with moisture; condensation and rainwater that collect in the crevices of your home. What crevices? Alllllll the crevices.
Water seeps into cracks in all kinds of places, but there are three particular areas you should check once spring rolls around: the mortar between your bricks, your window caulking and your weather stripping.
Mortar is not waterproof, and it will deteriorate over time. Water will help this process along, especially in vertical mortar joints, or where water is allowed to pool in the joints (like along a window sill).
SPRING DIY: Seal mortar cracks that form with polyurethane sealant to protect against further damage.
Window caulk/glazing is durable enough, but it does need to be patched or scraped away and replaced from time to time. Check your seals by holding a candle up to your window – if you see the flame flicker you know you’re getting a draft.
SPRING DIY: Scrape and reapply glazing as needed. You can use a caulking gun for big jobs, or a putty knife for detail work.
Your door’s weather stripping isn’t particularly susceptible to water damage, but it does wear out over time and part of it is due to exposure when water seeps into the cracks.
SPRING DIY: Peel out the old weather stripping, and make sure to clear out any old bits that might prevent a bad seal with the new foam. Wedge in the new weather stripping and you should be good to go for at least another season of inclement weather.
Good luck with these tips, and if you need assistance it’s always easy to get in touch with a local pro at Porch.com.