Spruced Up for Spring

March 18, 2019

This spring, we are offering all homeowners the following tips for maintenance tasks that are timely to the season! Read on to see what areas of your home may need attention as we swing back into warmer weather.

 

 

Roof

What: Check for missing shingles, damaged pipes, algae, or loose nail heads.

Why: Prevent water damage inside the house that might be hard to spot once it happens.

How: Hire a roofer for major problems. Algae can be cleaned off by running a 50/50 bleach/water solution through a hose.

 

 

 

 

Gutters and downspouts

What: Make sure they are clean and clear of any debris, leaves, or dirt.

Why: Preventing leaks and overflows can reduce the risk of rotting eaves that can let small animals into the attic of the home and other hard-to-monitor home damage.

How: Route a garden hose up to the gutters on the roof to observe the water flow. Use extensions on downspouts to keep water directed away from the home.

 

 

 

 

Screens, doors, and windows

What: Check the seals on all windows and doors. Check screens for holes, tears, or loose mesh.

Why: Bad sealant around doors and windows can cause heating and cooling bills to rise and contribute to water damage. Screens in good repair can keep out insects. Screens in bad repair can rip further if too loose and let in insects and debris.

How: Scrape off old, deteriorating caulking and replace it with new caulk. Patch or replace screens with large holes or tears. Old pieces of bad screen can be kept to patch future holes.

 

 

Internal Systems and Appliances

What: Change A/C filters once roughly every three months to keep them efficient. Clean dryer vents and check washer hoses for leaks. Drain water heater to clear it of sediment buildup and lubricate the water pump and motor.

Why: An A/C system in good repair can reduce energy bills. A clogged dryer vent can cause the dryer to run inefficiently and increase the risk of a house fire. A water heater in good repair will function better for longer.

 

Grounds

What: Reseal exterior woodwork every few years. Watch for termites. Repaint exterior to keep the structure of the house protected. Assess damage to concrete and asphalt surfaces. Inspect outdoor irrigation systems.

Why: Termites can cause structural damage to a house that may not be discovered until too late. Concrete and asphalt will crack following freeze/thaw cycles. Outdoor irrigation systems and sprinklers that are misdirected can create pools of standing water that attract mosquitoes or can cause moisture problems in the home. 

How: Make sure you know your insects - termites have the appearance of flying ants. Keep concrete and asphalt in good repair by patching or replacing it every 2-5 years. When it comes to sprinkler and irrigation systems, walk the grounds every spring with the system turned on to ensure that not part of it is directed at the house, street, or areas that may collect standing water. 

 

 

 

For more information on spring home maintenance, see any of the pages below. 

 

Six Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Home Humming This Spring

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

15 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

 

 

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