Spring is arriving, and with it comes a long to do list to prepare ourselves for the joys of summer. Your home will need some TLC after the long winter months, so we've put together a short list of spring home maintenance tips to get your home all set for spring and summer.
Service the AC Unit
Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels and save you money. Make sure you change interior filters on a regular basis.
Check Outside Faucets
Check outside hose faucets for winter damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced.
Examine the Chimney
Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Make sure there are no cracks in the brick, or loose flashing around chimney. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
Check the Gutters
Check 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 not blocked. Clean out any debris in your gutters and downspouts.
Check your Roof!
Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
Check the Wood Trim
Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Check for soft/rotted wood and loose trim. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.