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Another sharp change in the weather could cause more problems for your home

Updated: Tuesday, March 11 2014, 10:36 PM CDT
Reported by James Tully:

HARRISBURG -- Freezing, thawing, and freezing again.

Ice is doing damage to the exterior of your home and there is another temperature swing on the way.

Focusing on what ice has likely already done; such as cracking apart your sidewalk, driveway, and even your homes’ foundation, there are cost-effective solutions.

"Really all around your window sills, along your house where your basement is, anywhere water is going to get in you want to seal it off because that is where the damage is going to happen," says Jason Hornung of Hornung's Hardware.

The best material to seal those cracks is a six dollar container of silicone.  It applies the same way as caulk.
 
Before you seal anything Hornung stresses that you must get that pre-existing water out of the area.

A good absorber like sand, cat litter or oil-dry will be the most effective.

We also met with Luke Stump from Premier Siding and Roofing.  Business has been really good this month for them, with good reason.
 
"That water refreezes and pushes the siding right off the house," Stump explains.

If you notice any of your siding looking out of place the easiest solution is to just hammer a nail into it.  However, if you are concerned about the appearance it might be time for a full replacement.

Premier says the average siding replacement costs are between $5,000 and $7,000.
Another sharp change in the weather could cause more problems for your home


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