The season of Spring is always a welcome change after the many winter ridden months. Sunshine and warmth will start to visit homes more often. While that’s pretty great, this also means that there will be several chores for you to do. Your gutters might be filled with leaves, some sidewalks on your property might have sustained some damage, and if you have flower beds, chances are there will be dead plants that will need removal.
Yup, we’re talking about the usual maintenance routines that the spring season brings. Today, we’ll be discussing some home care maintenance tips for Spring!
Inspect Roof Shingles
Winter can really do a number on a roof. As soon as it’s warm enough, it’s best to examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during the winter months. If your home has a roof with a bit of an age on it, it would be wise to start stockpiling a budget to get that replaced.
Spring is the best season to get repairs started since the summer sun can really do even more damage to roof shingles. Should you happen to see any shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose, or missing some granules do the smart thing and get them replaced. If you aren’t familiar with the signs of damage, it’s best to have a trusted pro come down and do the inspection for you.
Examine The Gutters
While you’re up there to check the shingles, do your home a favor and inspect the gutters as well. The weight of winter snow can make your gutters come loose. When the snow starts to melt as a whole, the sudden surge of water can induce leaks.
Improper drainage can lead to some serious problems. Water can lead into the basement, crawl space, or even your attic. Beset to make sure that the downspouts all drain away from the foundation of your home and are clear of any sort of debris. If there’s any part that has leaks or has come loose, it’s best to repair that at the soonest opportunity as spring is also notorious for sudden showers.
Inspect The Chimney
One of the best parts about winter is the sight and smell of a cozy fireplace. Once spring has started, it’s important to fully examine the chimney exterior for any signs of damage. It’s also best to take this time to have the flue cleaned out and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
This makes sure that your chimney is still in good working condition for the next winter season.
Check The Concrete Around Your Property
The deep freeze and eventual thawing can damage slabs of concrete. So once the snow has abated, it’s important to thoroughly inspect the concrete around your property for any signs of crack, movement, or damage.
All exterior slabs, save for the ones on the pool deck, should ideally drain away from the home’s foundation. Should you come across any cracks, it’s best to fill that with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When it’s warm enough to do so, and if you have the proper tools for it, power-wash and then seal the concrete. This helps mitigate any further damage.
Service The HVAC Unit
Unless you’re fully capable of doing so, it’s best to have a qualified heating and cooling contractor come in to clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. They’ll be able to clean coils and whatnot.
Clean coils mean they’ll be able to operate more efficiently and periodic servicing of your HVAC unit will extend its life and keep it at peak performance. Don’t forget to inspect the filter to see if it’s time to have it replaced.