Spring Maintenacnce Check List
Spring is almost here! That means that leaves start to come back, grass starts to grow, and we complete the annual Spring cleaning. Although Spring is a time of newness and cleaning, there are many aspects that homeowners overlook. Spring home maintenance is just as important as cleaning the attic and scrubbing the windows. In order to combat the harsh weather your house has endured and keep it running smoothly, here is a check list to make sure your house is in optimal condition.
Check the Roof:
In order to make sure you are keeping your valuables and family dry, it is important to check your roof every spring. If you are comfortable on a ladder, get on your roof to check for missing shingles, soft spots, rusted flashing, and standing water. If you are not comfortable on a ladder, use a pair of binoculars or fly a drone to check for the same issues. If you find these damages, contact a professional to asses the damages.
Cleaning Out Gutters and Downspouts:
This is one of the most important activities you can do to help protect your roof and ultimately your home. Downspouts and gutters fill up with dead leaves during the fall and winter months. Spring doesn't just bring flowers and pollen, but it also brings inches and inches of rain. If gutters and downspouts are full of debris, rain has to find new ways of getting off of roofs. This could mean water running down your homes foundation and causing foundational issues, or going into basements and causing water damage to your valuables. Rain could also stagnate on top of your roof. This could rot your roof and cause premature replacement. If that isn't enough, full gutters and downspouts can crack and pull away from houses, causing not only the issues mentioned above, but also having the hassle to reattach them or buying new ones. Your gutters play a huge role in moving water away from your home. Many issues can be avoided by simply cleaning them out.
Check Screens on Windows and Doors:
One of the most beautiful times of the year can also be the most annoying if there are holes in screens. In the South, bugs (especially mosquitoes) have a way of finding their way into the smallest holes. To prevent getting bit while you are enjoying open windows or sitting on a screened in porch, take a few moments to check the screens for any holes. Any holes bigger than a quarter should be patched or replaced to prevent bugs from entering. Also, make sure all screens are tight. Tighten all doors, hardware, and frames in order to elevate the enjoyment you get out of your screened windows or rooms.
It is important to check for cracks in concrete during the Spring. During the winter months, water freezes and expands and can cause cracks in the concrete. Cracks can form in driveways, pools, and walkways. If there are cracks in the concrete, it is important to make the repairs as fast as possible to make sure water can not get back into cracks and make the gaps worse.
Caulking and Painting:
It is very important to keep windows frames, trim, and doors caulked and painted to keep them from rotting. If you see a spot on window frames, trim, or doors that is missing paint and looks cracked, they need to be caulked and painted in order to prevent it from further deterioration. Contact a repair man in order to know if your window frames, trim, and doors need to be replaced immediately.
Decks receive a lot of damage during the winter. Between the rotting leaves and piling snow, decks have to be maintained regularly. It is important to check for signs of water stains, rot, discoloration, warping boards, as well as rusted and loose nails. Replace any rotting or warped boards. Also check handrails and steps to make sure they are tight and not moving when pushed/stepped on.
Servicing Heating and Air Systems:
In order to make sure your heating and air systems are running efficiently, they need to be serviced every Spring. Servicing your heating and air system can lower your energy bills, lower your chances of a major breakdown, increase equipment life, and make your system is as safe as can be; and we recommend this be done by a professional. On your own, you can remove debris from units, keep supply and return ducts unblocked from curtains, drapes, or furniture, and hose down the unit when there is a accumulation of dirt.
In order to make your grass as perfect as possible, it sometimes needs help. Your sprinkler system should be checked every Spring in order to make sure they are still running properly. If there are any leaks, broken heads, or exposed lines, these need to be fixed before you start watering your yard. If areas of your yard get too much water or not enough, these need to be adjusted in order to get the right amount of water distributed throughout the yard.
Landscaping is the easiest way to spruce up your home and make it look fresh and inviting. One day of clearing out debris, trimming shrubs, and mowing the grass can have a huge impact on the curb appeal of a home. You would be surprised how nice a home looks after simple DIY landscaping.
If you follow this check list, you can be sure that your home will be in optimal condition for the Spring and Summer months to come.