Spring is Finally Here, Is Your Home Ready?

The 2013/2014 winter was long, full of snow storm after snow storm, and a lot of cold weather.  Now that spring has arrived have you taken the time to see how your home stood up to the brutal winter weather?  In this post we will share a couple maintenance tips to make sure your home is ready to shine this spring season.

Top Maintenance Tips for Spring:

  • Check to see if you have any low areas next to your foundation and fill with dirt.  Spring rains cause a lot of flooding and those low areas can allow water to get into the home.
  • Examine roof shingles, flashing, and siding to see if any were lost or damaged during the winter.
  • Check gutters.  Even though you may have cleaned out your gutters prior to winter, make sure they are still free of debris.  The next couple of months you could see considerable rain and you want to make sure the gutters are clear and free of debris.
  • Give your fireplace a rest.  If you have a wood-burning fireplace, take some time to examine the chimney for signs of damage and have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Check your outside hose faucets for freeze damage.  This winter was especially cold and a damaged faucet could allow water to back into the home.  So before you start cleaning the car or watering the plants take a look and make sure your faucet is still in good working order.
  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor service your unit.  By doing regular maintenance of your unit will allow it to run more efficiently and will keep the system working longer.
  • Check your concrete walks, driveways, and patios for signs of cracks or movement and always make sure slabs are draining away from the home.
  • Examine the wood around your home to see if paint has chipped or is rotting and replace and repair as needed before spring rain does more damage.
  • Check your lawn equipment and do maintenance as needed.  Having clean equipment and sharp blades will make yard work easier.
  • Clean up those flowerbeds.  As with the growth of flowers, grass, also comes weeds.  Keep on top of the weed growth early and be sure to coat your flower beds with mulch/gravel to help minimize with weed growth and allow for more beautiful flower beds around your home.