It’s that time of year again when we come out of hibernation to bright sunshine and blooming flowers. The warming temperatures have us throwing open our windows, getting outside, and seizing the longer days. With the mild weather, now is the best time to tackle our yearly spring maintenance list.
But why is maintenance so essential, and why is spring a great time to do it? Winter weather, such as snow and freezing temperatures, can be harsh on a home. Identifying problems come spring is the best way to prevent further damage, saving you money. Spring maintenance is also essential for safety and improving energy efficiency.
Now, let’s jump in! Here’s a list of both outdoor and indoor maintenance you should perform on your home this spring:
As mentioned above, winter weather can be incredibly harsh on the exterior of your home. If you don’t take the time to walk around your house and inspect the siding, roof, gutters, and more, any damage will only become worse… and more expensive.
An excellent place to start is your roof. Your roof can take the brunt of winter weather. Heavy snow can weigh down the structure, refreezing cycles can cause cracks, and condensation can cause mold. That’s why it’s so important to inspect your roof for damage. Pay particular attention to missing shingles and accumulating debris. Also, scan for nearby trees that could be touching your roof or appear to be rotting.
Your gutters are a prime location for debris to accumulate. It could clog your spouts, cause water backup and lead to water damage. Start by cleaning out the debris with a trowel or water hose. Next, check for damage, such as cracks, holes, and rust. Also, pay attention to the slope. Gutters that aren’t sloping properly are a top cause of water accumulation. To decrease the frequent need for maintenance, consider installing gutter guards that will prevent debris from building up.
Fences, trellises, and decks are all examples of woodwork outside your house. Performing spring maintenance on these structures can prolong their lifespan. Start by cleaning the woodwork of dirt and mildew with a brush or power washer. Inspect for rotting and cracks, then sand down any splintered areas. Apply a sealer or maintain the finish as necessary. And finally, keep an eye out for pests, such as termites and carpenter ants.
Maintaining the paint on the exterior of your home not only enhances its curb appeal but also protects it from weather damage. Start by cleaning the surface with a power washer or hose and then inspect for damage, such as cracking, peeling, and flaking. After making repairs, prime and paint the surface with products specifically for exteriors.
With the promise of hot summer days, your air conditioner is about to take center stage. Add these to your maintenance checklist to ensure that it doesn’t break down in the sweltering heat. Clean the air filter and coils to provide the best energy efficiency. Check the refrigerant levels, condensate drain, and fan blades to prevent damage and reduce noise. If you’re unsure of these tasks, schedule a professional to perform the maintenance.
Beyond the typical spring cleaning, you can take several maintenance steps on your house's interior. It keeps your home clean, comfortable, and safe during the change of seasons.
Basement & Attic
Maintenance on your attic and basement is crucial for preventing damage to your roof or foundation. Inspect these spaces for leaks that can cause stains and mold. Cleaning out your gutters and spouts plays a role in preventing water from entering your attic and basement. Check around for pests and rodents, then seal any entry points. And finally, inspect your sump pump in the basement and your insulation in the ceiling.
Windows & Doors
Your windows and doors play a crucial role in your home's energy efficiency. Check them for any air leaks by lighting a candle and holding it near the outline of your window. If it flickers from a draft, then there is a leak. While cleaning your windows, inspect for cracks or rotting. Use caulk or weatherstripping to make repairs. And finally, consider replacing your windows and doors if they are old, damaged, or not working correctly.
Spring is also a great time to consider upgrading parts of your home to increase energy efficiency. In addition to some of the upgrades we listed above, smart technology improves the efficiency and convenience of your home. Smart thermostats learn your daily routine, enabling them to adjust the temperature accordingly and reduce energy consumption. Smart lighting can turn on and off when you enter or leave a room.
It’s easy to forget about the safety systems installed in your house, especially when they are generally unused. However, it’s hard to predict when you’ll need these systems, and they could save your life when working correctly. Change out the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure the needle on your fire extinguishers is in the green. And finally, check on your exhaust fans.
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