Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

Spring is, technically, upon us, which means it’s time for spring cleaning, cook-outs, and making sure your home is ready for the warmer weather that they keep promising us, as well as the rains we all associate with Spring. So, with that in mind, here are some things you should check on your home to make sure that you, and your home, are prepared for the season and what it brings.

Gutters

Making sure your gutters are still securely fastened and clear of debris is incredibly important. You’ll also want to make sure that the downspouts are clear and that you have a gutter down spout splash block guard at each downspout to divert water away from the foundation in order to prevent against foundation, lawn, and landscape damage from rain water run-off.

Roofing

Look from the ground to see if there are any damaged or missing shingles you can see. Even if you can’t see anything, if you had any issues with small leaks during the Winter, you’ll want to have a professional roofer come out and make sure your roof is in good order, including the flashing around vents and fireplace chimneys, so that you don’t have a bigger problem with leaks when heavier rains come through.

Outdoor Faucets and Hoses

Look for any damage from freezing. Hoses can be easy enough to replace, but hose bib faucets can be a bit more involved if they were damaged by water freezing in or around them. Check these early so you can have any damage fixed before you try to water your lawn, clean your car, or spray your significant other!

Cooling Unit

The weather might not necessitate extensive use of your cooling unit just yet, but the temperatures will be rising before we know it, and it’s better to find out if there’s an issue with your cooling unit before you really need it. Have a professional examine the unit and perform any regular maintenance that it requires. If they also do heating units, it’s worth having them prepare your heater for not being used for a season so that you’re prepared when Fall and Winter come back around

Lawn Drainage

Look for any low points in your lawn and fill them with packed down soil so that water drains away from your home. Pools of water, especially those near your foundation, can compromise your lawn and your home’s integrity, as well as attracting insects that you won’t want.

Exposed Wood

Check any exposed wood around windows and doors, as well as your deck, for damage caused by the winter. Get these fixed as quickly as possible so that you’re prepared for the rain showers Spring will bring with it, as well as helping to keep your home properly insulated.

Foundation

Look for any cracks in your foundation. Finding these now can allow you to repair the damage before it’s worsened by rains and changing temperatures that can cause small cracks to turn into larger problems.

Consult with a Professional

If you find any issues with your home, be sure to consult with the proper professionals so that the issue can be dealt with. Be sure to see if you have any type of home warranty that covers anything that may come up, as your home builder may already cover the maintenance. Remember that whether you have a new home or one that’s 20 years old, Spring maintenance checks are a good idea to keep your home in good shape and safe for you to live in.