Spring is a great time to perform a thorough cleaning and some home maintenance. Winter can cause mild to moderate damage to the exterior and interior of your home. Now, that winter is over, it is the right time to check your home for any signs of damage and repairs needed. Performing tasks such as inspecting your windows and doors, cleaning gutters, and checking seals around windows can help you get ready for spring and the rest of the year.
Here are seven spring home maintenance tips that will help you keep your home clean and well-maintained for the upcoming season:
1. Inspect Doors and Windows
Make sure to check your window and door screens for any holes or tears and fix them as needed. You can use a screen repair kit to fix the holes or tears so that bugs cannot sneak through.
2. Check Seals Around Windows and Doors
When performing spring home maintenance, you should not forget to check for seal issues. Winter can cause seals around your doors and windows to crack, loosen, and harden. Check these areas for any signs of damage and perform repairs as required. This will keep water out of your home and reduce summer cooling costs.
While checking the seals, you should also check the weather stripping around windows and doors in the interior of your home to identify any damages or cracks and fix them.
3. Inspect Your Roof Shingles
Inspecting the roof is one of the most important spring home maintenance tasks, as the roof protects us from outside elements. Cold weather can cause ice and snow to build-up on your roof, which can damage your roof shingles.
Schedule a roof inspection with a professional to detect and fix issues before the spring arrives. They will check your roof for signs of crack or loose tiles or shingles. Also, they will check the flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights, and replace the damaged flashing and covering.
4. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
After winters, it is important to get your gutters and downspouts cleaned and repaired. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause the wood trim to rot and invite critters into your attic space. To avoid this, you should get them cleaned by a professional.
Also, having your gutters and downspouts cleaned in the early spring can prevent damages that spring rains can cause. Get your downspouts properly installed to keep water out of your foundation.
5. The Basement
Melting ice and snow can enter into your basement through cracks, causing basement flooding. To avoid this, make sure your sump pump works properly and clear the clogged drains before a snowstorm. If basement flooding is not addressed on time, moisture can lead to mold issues and severe water damage.
Check your foundation walls, concrete, masonry, and floors for heaving, cracking, or deterioration. Call a foundation expert immediately if several bricks are losing their mortar, or you can slide a nickel into a crack in your foundation, concrete floor, or slab.
7. Air Conditioning
Get your air conditioning system inspected and tuned up by a professional before using it for the season. This will help to make sure your AC is working properly and can cool efficiently.
Preparing your home for spring would be easier with these spring maintenance tips. However, if you want your home to be professionally inspected contact Worthy Inspections. We will thoroughly inspect your home to determine the problems that need to be fixed immediately.