Spring’s radiant sunshine and warm winds are a breath of fresh air. However, that sunshine is a beam of light shining on your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and patio and those dead plants in last year’s flower beds. Take advantage of the 75 and sunny weather to do the annual spring home maintenance routine.
Spring is the rainy season, so be sure your gutters remain unblocked by leaves and debris. If you have trapped moisture, it can lead to mold and mildew which can cause major damage to your roof and walls. Once you clean the gutters make sure the downspout is clean and pointing away from the foundation walls.
Speaking of, low areas in your yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Heavy spring rains could cause the yard to flood which can lead to foundation damage.
Note: Water pools near the foundation creates breeding grounds for insects in the summer.
It’s vital that you keep your roof in tip-top shape. It’s easy to take your roof for granted. So, after the next heavy rain, inspect your ceiling for wet spots.
Note: It’s time to replace the roof when shingles are curling, buckling or crackling.
Deck and Patio
Inspect your deck for any warped, loose or splintered boards. This is also a great time to give it a good rinsing to get rid of all of the leaves and debris. If nails are popping out of the boards, it’s time to replace them. Also, if the wood is soft, it’s time to replace it. For more tips check out How to Get Your Deck or Patio Ready for Spring
It’s time to bring out the lawn furniture you stored in the winter. Give it a good rinse and wash it with a detergent if needed. If you have metal furniture, check for rust or paint erosion. There are many remedies that will prevent further damage from rain, sun, and humidity.
Windows and Door Screens
Spring is the time for bugs. So, check for holes to see if you need to repair or replace screens. If a hole is bigger than a quarter, that means a bug can easily crawl in. While you’re at it, check the screen door to see if it’s loose. Spring winds can easily damage screens and frames.
Paint around the House
Walk around the exterior of your house to look for chipped or cracked paint. When wood is exposed it will begin to rot.
Shape up your lawn by trimming overgrown trees and hedges. Keeping branches 7 feet away from the exterior prolongs the life of your roof and siding. And don’t forget those out-of-control vines! They help crack siding and allow moisture and pests into your home.
Do yourself a favor and check your air conditioning before the hot and humid days arrive. If you aren’t already, change the air filters at least once a month. A unit that is free of dust and dirt will save you money on your utility bill.
Did we forget to mention spring check-ups that are on your list? Let us know in the comment section!