March Home Maintenance To-Do List

Danny Lipford sweeping valley on roof.
Danny Lipford sweeping the valley on a roof.

To-Do #1: Inspect and Repair Roof

Once all the snow and ice have melted, it’s important to inspect your roof thoroughly for damaged shingles and leaks, especially if your home developed ice dams over the winter.

If you can access your attic, check underneath your roof during or just after a heavy rain for signs of damp spots or drips. Pay particular attention to chimneys, where leaks around the flashing are common.

Next, inspect your roof from the outside, either using a ladder to climb up on the roof or with binoculars from the ground. If you’re on the roof, sweep away any leaves and debris to prevent water buildup and to get a better look at the condition of your roof.

Examine your shingles closely to see if any are missing or loose. You can do basic DIY roof repairs yourself, or hire a roofing contractor to do them for you.

Inspect your chimney for loose or damaged flashing and missing mortar. Seal small cracks where the flashing meets the chimney with masonry caulk, and repair and reattach loose flashing with masonry nails or screws covered with roofing cement.

Watch our video on How to Repair Leaking Chimney Flashing to find out more.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I caught the end of part of a radio show that talked about a product that can be sprayed on for mildew and it does not need washing off. The spokesman said you can find this product on our website which I have not be able to find. The radio show aired March 20, 2014 here in Florida on one of our local stations. Can you tell me the name of the product? thank you

  2. I have dark areas appearing on the asphalt shingles on my roof. Someone said it was a virus of some sort. Can you tell me the best way or product to remove it and what I might do to prevent it from returning.

  3. PLEASE, take my word for it!
    “Wet and Forget” is fantastic. We discovered it last year during one of Danny’s shows. We’ve used it on our deck, our siding, our shower, etc. Unbelievable how simple to use. “Wet and Forget”

  4. I need to replace my asphalt roof this year; is there a “barrier” that you can install on the roof deck before installing the roofing shingles that would make it more energy efficient?

  5. Hi Danny, i live on the mildew coast of Australia. Please show us a video to change ply cupboard doors to vented cupboard doors using dowels. If my thinking is correct this may elimate mould smells in rainy season…hopefully..tried damp rid..not working..thank you

  6. I am a 75 year old widow and faithfully watch your show. One question, my cement block basement has a crack in the mortar 3 blocks down. What needs to be done? Your advice has helped me complete most home repairs myself.

  7. I spoke with you a few years ago about adding a store room to the back of my garage. The problem was the slab was tilted about 6 inches. I asked your opinion of my proposed solution and you agreed. It worked perfectly.
    I had house leveled and I invite you to bring your crew to repair the cracks in my drywall and anything else around my house you would like to repair. I will make you a list as I am 70 years old and it is getting hard to make all the repairs I need.

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