10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

10 Easy Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

Spring’s bright sun and warm winds are a breath of fresh air after a cold winter. The downside is that all the sunshine draws attention your leaf-filled gutters, dead plants in last year’s flower beds and cracked sidewalks. Here’s a checklist to help you target the areas that need maintenance to prepare for the beautiful weather.

  1. Examine Roof Shingles: Examine the shingles on your roof to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. Any cracked, buckled or loose shingles need to be replaced. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles.
  2. Probe the Wood Trim: Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
  3. Check the Gutters: Check for loose or leaky gutters around your house. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure your downspouts are pointed away from the foundation for drainage and are clear of debris.
  4. Use Compacted Soil: Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage, as well as a breeding ground for insects.
  5. Examine the Chimney: Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  6. Inspect the Concrete: Inspect concrete slabs around your house for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs should drain away from your home’s foundation. If you find any cracks, fill them with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  7. Move Firewood: Remove firewood stored near your home; it should be at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from any building structures.
  8. Check Outside Faucets: Check your outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Simply turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.
  9. Service the AC Unit: Each year, you should have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system to help it operate more efficiently, and keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change the interior filters on a regular basis as well.
  10. Check Power Equipment: Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Make sure to clean the equipment and sharp cutting blades to make yardwork easier throughout the spring and summer.

 

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