By now, you can just feel the spring in the air. It’s just begging for those windows to be thrown open — and that grill to be pulled out of storage, of course. But the question is: Will your home be ready for the change in weather?
With warmer weather just around the corner, it often means some much-needed spring home maintenance. After all, many areas of the home go neglected when we’re forced to stay indoors. And if you don’t take care of these little projects now, it could lead to big problems later.
The following will make certain you and your home are ready to enjoy the warmth once it finally hits:
- Check the shingles. Roofs take the brunt of the winter wind and snow, so you’ll want set aside some time to look for cracked, buckled, loose, worn, or missing shingles. Do the same for the flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys. Any damage may call for a visit from a qualified roofer.
- Check the chimney. The freezing and thawing during winter months can sometimes damage the bricks, mortar, and flashing of a chimney, allowing rain to cause leaks in the home. If you find areas of deterioration, a little maintenance is probably in order.
- Check the gutters. Even if you cleaned your gutters in the fall, you should still inspect them — not only for debris but for any leaks or loose sections. Improper drainage can quickly lead to a flooded basement.
- Check the yard. Walk around the perimeter of your home and look for any low areas next to the foundation. When it rains, low areas can cause water to run toward the home and seep into the basement, causing flooding and damage. Fill in with compacted soil, making sure the grade points away from the foundation.
- Check the faucets. Extreme cold can freeze damage outside faucets. Place your thumb over the faucet opening and turn on the water. If you can stop its flow, the pipe inside the home is probably damaged. It’ll need to be replaced.
- Check the AC unit. No matter how handy you consider yourself, it’s best to leave this one to the professionals. Contact a heating and cooling contractor to come out to clean and service the unit before you need to use it.
- Check warm-weather equipment. That lawnmower, trimmer, and leaf blower have sat in your garage for months. Make sure they’re ready for spring use. Clean them up and make sure any blades are sharp. It’ll make yard work that much easier.
- Check the firewood. Many homeowners store firewood next to their homes during the winter. Who wants to trudge through the snow to have a fire, right? Well, you’ll want to move firewood for the spring. Keep it at least two feet from your house — and at least 18 inches off the ground.
As with all maintenance projects, it’s best to space them out over the course of a few weeks. It can be overwhelming when you take too much on. And if you need help with anything, one of our team members will certainly be willing to lend a hand.