“Ahh..” Are you ready to ditch old man winter and come up for some fresh spring air? When spring rolls around, it’s time to think about some important maintenance around your home. In fact, you’d better hit this springtime list before those April showers begin to fall. First things first, if you have any issues that popped up during winter, you should take the time to fix them now. It’s easiest if you start a to-do list in order of priority so you can get these maintenance issues knocked out fairly quickly.
Concrete Inspections – On a nice day, take a stroll around the outside of your home and do a visual inspection around the foundation. Do you see any new cracks or damage? Small cracks are normal and not a concern, but if new ones appear or they seem to be getting wider, call in the professionals to address your concerns before it becomes a major problem. It’s also a good idea to inspect your concrete sidewalks or paths for cracks or wintertime damage. You can easily seal them to prevent rapid deterioration. A good power wash of your sidewalks will have them shining like new and ready for good weather parties.
Standing Water – The weather can wear away at your landscaping so while you’re inspecting your outdoor areas, keep an eye out for low spots in your yard. Fill those holes with packed dirt and grass seed to prevent flooding issues and excess mud. You should also scan your yard for any kind of containers that could hold water and move them. Standing water can accumulate during the rainy season and become a breeding ground for insects.
Check Exposed Wood – If your home has exposed wood around doors and windows, decking, or even on an outdoor building, it’s important to check it for rot or termites. Simply take a screwdriver and poke around the exposed wooden areas to look for damaged wood and deterioration. Catching wood rot early can mean the difference between replacing one board or a whole deck.
Check for Leaks – While you’re working outdoors in early spring, check your gutter system for leaks and make repairs. Winter can weigh heavy on your gutters and downspouts and with the rain heading your way, you’ll want them working properly. After cleaning them out, let the hose run water through the gutters while you check for leaks and clogs in your downspouts. You should also make sure the water correctly drains away from your home’s foundation.
Check the Roof – If you’ve already called in a professional in the last year for a roof inspection, a good visual inspection of your roof will probably suffice. Make sure you look for warped or damaged shingles, or sagging. If you’re concerned about an area of your roof, you will want it professionally addressed.
Check the AC Unit – If your home has air conditioning units, whole home or window units, now is the time to inspect and test them. You don’t want to wait until the heat of summer to find problems with your air conditioning system.
Store Away Leftover Firewood – Once it’s time to let your fireplace rest for the season, you’ll want to move any leftover firewood away from your home. You should store it at least 18 inches off the ground and try and cover it with a tarp to prevent it from rotting so you can use it next season. Firewood is a popular nesting and breeding zone for stinging insects so be careful when making the move.
Clean the Fireplace – now that you won’t be using your fireplace until the Fall months again, it’s the perfect time to get a professional chimney sweep in to do a thorough cleaning, so built up deposits can be removed and fire hazards prevented.
Sharpen it up – If you have extra time in early spring, you can get a head start on getting your landscaping equipment in order. It’s worth your time and effort to sharpen lawnmower blades and other hand tools. Gas up and test your gas-powered lawn equipment and begin plotting your spring garden spots.