Spring is a good time to take care of certain home maintenance must-haves
After months of cold weather and a serious case of cabin fever, it’s time to emerge from your home and survey the toll winter has taken on your home and property. You may be struggling to decide which task to tackle first when it comes to your spring maintenance must-haves.
There are a few areas of your home where you should pay particular attention to after winter’s worst has passed. Below, I’ll tell you what you should be looking for and doing when spring finally comes along.
Unless you have Superman’s vision, you’ll need some cheap binoculars to spot roof problems. That
With your binoculars and a sharp eye, you can usually spot problems with your roof. Any cracked or missing shingles should be replaced. Shifted shingles mean you need to install new fasteners. Also, look for a buildup of leaves, pine needles, and other debris in the valleys between your roof peaks.
No matter if your home has wood siding, stucco, or vinyl you need to look for damage, especially under eaves and near gutter downspouts. Water stains normally indicate that your gutters are not adequately containing roof runoff. With wood, check for any damage or openings that make it welcoming for carpenter ants, woodpeckers, and other critters to cause further damage or take up residence.
Keep a lookout for cracks in your poured-concrete foundation. Unfortunately, if your foundation does have cracks in the foundation exist, a normal caulk job won’t do the trick. You’ll need to hire a company that specializes in foundation repair and restoration. The cracks need to be bonded chemically with a two-part epoxy injection system.
Leaks around a window will let warm air in the cooler indoor air escape. Make sure to check that the caulking and weather stripping is intact. If there is condensation inside the glass during the winter months that could mean the weather seal has been compromised, which means either the glass or the window will need to be replaced.
You should also take the time to spring clean your window.
You can either use a store-bought or homemade window cleaner (one cup rubbing alcohol, one cup water, and a tablespoon of white wine vinegar). Apply cleaner with a squeegee or a soft cloth. If you left the screens on over the winter, simply remove and clean them with mild detergent. Then, lay them on a dry surface, like your deck or driveway, to air-dry before putting them back on.
Just like you prepare your furnace for fall, you need to check that your AC unit is ready to keep you cool during the summer. Change the filter, check hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining well.
Look for signs that insects and animals have invaded the space, which would be droppings or even animal remains. Also, search for mold by looking for gray or black blotches. Proper insulation and good ventilation deter mold growth, so now is a good time to take action in preventing mold growth from developing further in the upcoming warmer months.
Dampness in a basement means you have high relative humidity and inadequate ventilation, which requires a dehumidifier to remedy. Check the walls for cracks and evidence of water penetration, especially at its base. You should also look for signs of animal and insect infestations just as in your attic. Where you see one, there are usually many, many more lurking where you can’t see.
If you have a masonry chimney, make sure you check the joints between bricks or stones. If you find missing brick or stone or vegetation growing in the cracks, it can be a sign of water infiltration. A white calcium-like deposit called efflorescence is another sign of trouble.
Decks and patios
First, do a good job sweeping up all leaves and debris that might have accumulated between boards. Then, look for warped, loose, or splintered boards. If the finish on your wood deck is faded or worn, now is the time to clean, stain, and reseal it. If you have composite decking, follow manufacturer’s recommendations on seasonal care.
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