10 Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare you for Spring
With spring coming up, here are some useful home maintenance tips to ensure you can have a worry-free season.
1. Check your gutters and downspouts
Due to the build-up of ice and snow, there is probably a good chance that your gutters and downspouts will need some care. Doing a perimeter check from the ground up around the house is a recommended, to make sure nothing came loose. You should also take out the ladder and check for any clogs, and make sure that the water is making it's way through the downspouts. Your chimney and roof shingles should also be checked to make sure there isn't damage.
2. Compacted Soil
Any low areas in your yard or next to your foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Many times, all the rainfalls from spring can cause flooding in yards, which can lead to flooding and damage to the foundation. Another reason using compacted soil is to prevent insects, since when water pools in these low areas, they become breeding grounds for insects.
3. Check for Cracks
It is common to see cracks form in foundations, walkways, and patios during winter months. These cracks are a welcoming sign for water to make its way into your property and cause damage. These cracks should be filled as soon as possible to avoid costly repairs in the future.
4. Check window caulking and sills
Similar to cracks, cracks or gaps between windows can also let water and insects inside your home. Any old caulking should be scraped off and replaced. Wood trims and sills should also be checked for signs of decaying, and be repaired or replaced if needed. This can also help keep drafts out of your home, which keeps your hydro costs down.
5. Move any wood or junk away from your house
If you have a stack of firewood against your house, it should be moved away. This wood is usually damp and becomes a perfect breeding ground for insects. The same rules apply for any junk left outside during winter, as it becomes a breeding ground for insects.
6. Inspect air conditioning unit, lights, and outdoor faucets
Having a professional inspect your air conditioning unit before turning it on for the season is a great idea. It is a good safety measure and it can help extend the life of the unit itself. Outdoor faucets, lighting, and receptacles should also be checked for damage. Also, if you have a gas barbeque that was not used over the winter, it should be inspected.
7. Examine roof shingles
Roof shingles should be examined to see if there are any lost or damaged ones from the winter. If your house has an older roof covering, then you should start looking into getting a roof replacement (Contact us for a free quote!). The harsh summer sun can also damage roof shingles. Any roof shingle that is cracked, loose, buckled, or missing granules should be replaced. Any flashing around chimneys, plumbing vents, and skylights should also be checked for damage.
8. Check the chimney
The exterior of your chimney should be checked for signs of damage. Also, the flue should be cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
9. Check any power equipment
Any gas or battery-powered lawn equipment should be checked to make sure it is ready for summer use. Cleaning equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yard work that much easier.
10. Check the inside
Spring is the perfect time to check and clean your furnace filters, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, dryer vent lint buildup, and fireplace. All of these should be cleaned or serviced if necessary. With that said, we hope that you can use these 10 tips as checklist for when spring comes around so you can ensure a fun, worry-free summer!
Source: Global News and HGTV