Spring Maintenance For Homeowners

April 13, 2017

 

 

Winter is finally over and now is the time to get and enjoy some sunshine, it's also important to prepare your home for spring.  Snow and ice can wreak havoc on your home’s infrastructure, and it’s important to address issues quickly. Begin prepping your home for spring as soon as possible, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor this summer

 

Clean gutters and check for leaks

Clean out any leaves or debris that may have accumulated in the gutters. Check to make sure the downspout directs water away from the foundation, and add extensions if necessary to keep the water away from your house. It’s also a good plan to install gutter guards. These will protect your gutters from clogging and ensure that water does not accumulate on the roof.

 

Replace smoke detector batteries

If you didn’t already handle this task when the time changed, while you’re prepping your home for spring, make sure all smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly.

 

Seal windows and doors

A windy winter may have damaged the seals on your windows and doors. Check caulking for decay around doors, windows, corner boards, and joints, and recaulk as needed. Be sure seals are tight to improve insulation and prevent water damage.

 

Test the air conditioning units

Don’t wait for a hot day to discover that your air conditioning is not functioning properly. Spring is the right time to change the filters, clean the system, and make sure everything is working to maximum efficiency. Clean filters will also prevent your air conditioner from straining. Hire an HVAC contractor who can clean and inspect your mechanical systems.

 

As a homeowner, it’s impossible to prevent every problem that can arise, however with regular maintenance and a little elbow grease, you can ensure your home is a safe and comfortable place to enjoy the warm weather months ahead.

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