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Five tips for preparing your home for warmer months

Seasonal damage to a home isn't always easily visible, but if it's not repaired, spring and summer weather can add to the problems, according to Paul Sullivan, National Association of Home Builders' Remodelers chairman.

NAHB provides homeowners with the following five tips for preparing a home for the warmer months ahead:

1. Inspect the roof. Roofs should be checked for any loose, warped, or missing shingles. Also, examine the chimney flashing and skylight seals are intact.
2. Clean and repair gutters. Clear winter storm debris from gutters and downspouts. Make sure that they are still securely attached to the house. Blocked or loose gutters can allow water to seep into your home and damage the trim, according to NAHB.
3. Seal any leaks. The most common culprits for "hidden" leaks: Attics, crawl spaces, and around washing machine hoses. Also, look under sinks for damage from frozen pipes, and check your water heater for signs of corrosion.
4. Clear exterior drains. Remove any leaves from underground or exterior drains to prevent any backups from rain and storms.
5. Inspect siding. Inspect siding for pieces that may have come loose during winter storms.

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