10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

Home Improvement

After all the cold and dark of winter, spring's bright sunshine and warmer temps is a very welcomed sight to behold!  While we can't wait to get outside and enjoy all of the beauty that awaits us, our home maintenance checklist has grown and needs some attention.  Here is a checklist of 10 tips to help you target those areas that might need the most attention to get you and your home ready for spring!

Let's start at "the top"...

1. Examine your roof.  Roof shingles can sometimes be damaged during winter.  Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose need to be replaced.  Flashing around vents, skylights and chimneys should also be checked and repaired if necessary.

2. Examine the chimney.  Look over the exterior of your home's chimney.  If there are signs of damage, repair these areas to avoid further damage, erosion and leakage.  Have the flue cleaned and inspected as well. 

3. Check the gutters.  Check for loose or leaky gutters.  Improper drainage caused by a blockage, a crack or a separation in the guttering can lead to water leakage into the walls of your home.  Also,  make sure your downspouts drain away from your home's foundation.

4. Check wood trim.  Wood trim around doors, windows, decks and outside railings should be examined for cracks, gaps and holes.  If left unfixed, spring rains and fluctuations in spring temperatures can do even more damage to the exposed wood under the trim.

5.  Check outside faucets.  Make sure your outside hose faucets have not been damaged by the freezing winter temps.  Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening.  If you can stop the flow of water, it might mean the pipe inside the home is damaged or has a crack.  Don't forget to check the garden hose for damage as well.

6.  Service the AC unit.  Have a contractor check your exterior AC unit.  Clean coils operate more efficiently to keep the system working at peak performance.  Change interior AC unit filters while you are at it.

7.  Move firewood away from your house.  You should not store your firewood right against your home.  Doing so could invite some serious pest problems with spiders, ants, termites and other insects.  It is recommended that you keep firewood 20 to 30 feet away from the exterior of your home, or at the very least 18 inches off the ground and 2 to 3 feet from the house.  

8.  Add soil to low spots around your home's foundation.  Spring rains can cause flooding in your yard.  If water gathers against your foundation, it could be damaged, or it the water could leak into your basement.  Also, pooling water can be a breeding ground for pesky and dangerous insects.

9.  Inspect the concrete in and around your home.  Inspect your home's concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement.  All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation.  Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or caulk.  Power wash and seal your concrete as well to avoid further or future damage.

10.  Clean and service lawn equipment.  Make sure all of your yard care equipment like lawnmowers, trimmers, etc., are clean and blades are sharp to make yard work easier and faster.

 

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