Spring Maintenance Tips – get your home ready for the summer weather, which includes lots of sunshine and possibly severe storms. Here’s some great maintenance tips from HGTV.
1. Examine Roof Shingles – see if any are missing or have been damaged during the winter. Make sure flashing around your plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys is checked and repaired, if necessary.
2. Check Wood Trim – check the wood trim around your windows, doors, railings and decks. Protect exposed wood before the spring rains do more damage.
3. Check the Gutters – improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure your downspouts drain away from the foundation of your house/building and is clear of debris.
4. Use Compacted Soil – fill low areas in your yard with compacted soil. Flooding in your yard can lead to damage to your foundation and is a breeding ground for insects.
5. Examine the Chimney – check the exterior of your chimney for signs of damage. Clean the flue and have it inspected by a certified contractor.
6. Inspect the Concrete – look for cracks or signs of movement in the concrete. Concrete slabs should drain away from the foundation of your home/building. Use a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk to repair cracks. You can also power-wash the concrete and apply a sealant to protect it.
7. Move Firewood – store your firewood at least 18 inches off of the ground and at least two feet from any structure.
8. Check Outside Faucets – look for any freeze damage to your faucets, which may have caused a pipe in your house to need repairing. Also check your garden hose for dry rot.
9. Service the AC Unit – have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Serviced units work more efficiently. Don’t forget to change your filters on a regular basis.
10. Check Power Equipment – check your lawn equipment to make sure it’s ready to go. Clean the equipment and sharpen the cutting blades. It will make your yardwork easier to finish.