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9 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Categories: Blog, Home Care | Posted: April 26, 2018

Spring has officially sprung! For homeowners this time of year is the best for performing necessary maintenance and taking preventative measures on your home before the weather transitions into the warmer months. Make sure you perform these maintenance tips to ensure your home is safe and running efficiently this summer.

Spring Clean

Open up the windows, crank up your favorite music, and deep clean the whole house. First thing you will want to do is take inventory of your cleaning supplies before your set spring clean day arrives. Set a goal to have it done by a certain time in the day and have a plan of attack laid out before you start to be able to track progress. Once you are done sit back and enjoy your perfectly clean home!

Clean out the Gutters

After a long fall and winter it is important to check that your gutters aren’t clogged with leaves or other debris. You will want to make sure they are properly working before a big rain storm hits. Most experts recommend cleaning your gutters twice a year, once in late spring and again in the fall.

Examine Roof Shingles

Roof damage can be extremely costly if not caught early. One of the most important preventative tasks to complete is examining your roof for potential damage. If you are not too sure what you might be looking for when inspecting your roof here are some things to keep an eye out for:

Missing or broken shingles

Cracked caulk or rust spots

Cracked and worn rubber around vent pipes

Large moss and lichen spots which could mean decaying beneath shingles

Loose, curling, or blistering shingles

Check Outdoor Water Sources

Since any outdoor faucets have not been used for a few months you will want to check that these are still working. Check to see that water is still able to get to them and that there are no leaks come from the faucet. You will also want to keep an eye out for any water leaks in your yard.

Inspect Caulking on Doors and Windows

Being that the weather is warmer it is an ideal time to inspect and fix any caulking damage on the outside of your home. There is a special type of caulking used for the outside of your home so you will want to make sure you are not using the same caulking that you use indoors. It is made of a different material because of the fact that it is exposed to the elements.

Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Spring and fall are the best times to check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This can sometimes be overlooked but it is best to never assume safety features such as these are working properly in our home. It is a good habit to check these somewhat frequently.

Check Your HVAC Filter

HVAC filters should typically be replaced every two months. As a part of your spring maintenance check and see if your HVAC filter needs replacing. You will want to get in the habit of writing the date you replaced it on the new filter so you are better aware of when it needs to be replaced next.

Check Basement for Moisture

Next time there is a heavy rain you will want to check your basement and make sure there is no water or moisture issues. Windows can be a big source of moisture issues in a basement. If your windows have a drain make sure there is no debris or dirt covering it.

Power Wash your Deck or Patio

To get your outdoor space ready for summer you will want to power wash your patio or deck. If you have a deck the weather more than likely wears away at your paint or stain, so it may need to be re-stained or re-painted. Dust off the patio furniture get ready for your first outdoor gathering of the year!

 

Sources:

https://www.mrhandyman.com/blog/2013/march/spring-home-maintenance-checklist-inspection-list/

https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/inspecting-and-maintaining-your-roof/

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