Check to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. You may want to start a budget if you have an older roof covering that needs replacing. The summer sun tends to really damage roof shingles. You will often notice the side facing the sun usually curls quicker than the rest of the shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. It is recommended to have the flashing around the plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualifed roofer.
Wood Trims Around Doors, Windows, Railings, And Decks
While inspecting your exterior wood trim look for obvious signs of wood rot and deterioration, warped sections, and any sections of unpainted wood. Also look for loose or seperating wood from the structure which can be the perfect atmosphere for moisture to get in. If you suspect an area of the trim has wood rot begin probing it. Replace any wood that has deteriorated or has excessive rot. Seal any of the wood trim that has begun to seperate from the structure. Paint areas that are unpainted to avoid more damage to the exposed wood before the spring rains begin.
Check The Gutters
Look for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.
Springs rains can cause yard flooding which can lead to damage of your foundation. Compacted soil should be used for low areas in the yard or low areas next to your foundation. Another reason is that low areas in the yard that collect water pools create breeding grounds for insects.
Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
Inspect The Concrete
Look for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away fromt the homes foundation. When the weather permits, power-wash and fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulking.
Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground and 2 feet from the structure. It is a good idea to keep it away from your home.
Check the outside hose faucets for freeze damage and your garden hose for for dry rot. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you stop the flow of water, chances are the pipe inside of the home is damaged and will need replacing.
Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. An annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance as clean coils operate more efficiently.
Check your gas and battery powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Sharp blades and clean equipment will make yard work so much easier!