Spring has arrived! Green leaves are returning to trees and many flowering trees are beginning to bloom. Take advantage of the warmer temperatures to get a head start on what should be an annual spring home maintenance routine. Below are a few spring maintenance to do’s that will help maintain your homes beauty and keep it operating efficiently.
- Gutters and downspouts: Pull leaves
and debris from gutters and downspouts. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.
- Siding: Clean siding with a pressure
washer to keep mold or moss from growing. Check all wood surfaces for
weathering and paint failure. If wood is showing through, sand the immediate area and apply a primer coat before painting. If paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
- Exterior caulking: Inspect
caulking around doors and windows and replace if deteriorating. Scrape out all of the old eroding caulk and recaulk/reseal needed area.
- Air Conditioning: Just as you readied
your furnace for winter, now is the time to make sure that air conditioning units are in good working order for the warmer months ahead. Change the filter, check hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely. In addition, vacuum any dust that has settled on the unit and connections; over time it can impact the air conditioner’s effectiveness. We
recommend having your air conditioning unit(s) serviced annually by a qualified HVAC professional.
- Foundation: Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration. If a significant number of bricks are losing their mortar call a masonry contractor for cost and options for repair. If you can slide a nickel into a crack in your concrete floor, slab or foundation call a foundation repair professional for evaluation.
- Deck and porches: Check all
decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and
deterioration. Open decks and wood fences need to be treated every 4-6 years, depending on how much exposure they get to sun and rain. If the stain doesn’t look like it should or water has turned some of the wood a dark grey, hire a deck professional to treat your deck.
- Landscape: This is a natural for spring home maintenance. Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves can cut into your home’s paint and force you to repaint sooner than needed. A little trimming can save a lot of money and time.
- Sprinklers: Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads. If there is an area of your yard that collects too much water or doesn’t get enough, run the sprinklers to figure out the problem. If it’s not something you can fix yourself, call a professional before your lawn needs the water or your water bill becomes excessive due to a leak.