Spring cleaning season is here. In the midst of all the dusting, mopping and home organizing, take some time to perform some basic home maintenance. All homes could use some TLC after the winter season and what better time to provide that than the warm spring season?
Here are a few things homeowners should look out for doing their spring home maintenance check.
- Roof and Chimney – Roofs are susceptible to damage during winter months, so it’s a good idea to examine it. Look out for cracked or missing shingles, as well as any nails popping up to prevent potential water damage. Check for any damages to the chimney exterior and hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean the flue.
- Gutters – Be aware of leaky, loose or clogged gutters. Improper gutter drainage will allow those April showers to find their way into basement and crawlspaces.
- Exterior Walls and Foundation – Whether your home has brick, wood or stucco siding, it’s a good idea to look around for trouble spots. Outdoor critters are notorious for finding their way into open siding or cracks, and gutter downspouts can cause unwanted water stains. While checking the exterior walls, inspect the foundation from top to bottom for any masonry cracks.
- Windows – Make sure windows are sealed tight come spring and summer. Any cracks or leaks in window frames will bring warm air in and allow the cooler air inside to escape. If experiencing condensation inside the glass, replacing the glass or window may be necessary.
- Air Conditioning – Warmer weather on the way means a working air conditioning unit is a must. Start by changing out air filters, checking hose connections and ensuring proper drain pan draining. Clean up any settled dust around the unit and feel free to contact a professional if there are any concerns about the unit’s efficiency or performance.
- Attics – Winter roof damage can often find its way into home attics causing water damage and mold. Search your attic for any black or gray blotches and make sure your insulation and ventilation are in good shape to prevent mold from growing.
- Basement – Basements tend to attract a lot of heat and humidity, making them prone to mold and insects. Examine the base of the walls for cracks and exposed frames for insect damage. Take note of abnormal dampness and humidity as it may indicate a need for a dehumidifier.
- Lawns – Everyone wants their lawns looking bright and beautiful for spring. Rake away any remaining leaves or debris and scour the yard for any weeds. To prevent any more weeds from spreading, consider purchasing an organic herbicide. Spring and summer rain can cause yard flooding so it’s a good idea to use compacted soil in areas near the home’s foundation to avoid water and lawn damaging.
- Decks and Patios – Wooden decks can become easily warped and splintered during the winter. Sweep away debris and pay close attention to warped, loose or splintered boards. If the deck’s finish is faded or worn, it may be time to clean, stain and reseal it to prevent future issues. For those with a stone or concrete patio, simply sweep and hose it down with water.
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