Spring has finally arrived in most areas of BC. After a harsh winter, the exterior of your home should be given some attention in your ‘spring cleaning’ list. The following checklist targets areas that could need maintenance. Getting these tasks done quickly will allow more time to enjoy the spring weather.
Gutters & Downspouts
Clean out any debris from the gutters and make sure they drain at least three to four feet away from the house. Check for loose or leaky gutters and reattach any that have pulled away from the house.
It is recommended that you hire a professional roofer to do repairs, but you can do a visual inspection of the roof from the ground (sometimes with the aid of binoculars) to see if any of the shingles were damaged or lost during the winter. Shingles that are cracked or loose should be replaced. A qualified roofer can check and repair flashing around skylights, vents or chimneys as well.
While you are looking at the roof, check the exterior of the chimney for any signs of repair needed. To reduce the risk of a chimney fire, have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly.
Change furnace filters regularly. Remember that if you have an air conditioning unit that operates with your furnace, the furnace filters need to be changed during the summer months.
Humidifiers Attached to the Furnace
Turn off the humidifier and shut off the water as extra humidity is not needed during the summer months.
Air conditioner coils operate more efficiently when clean. An annual service call from a qualified heating and air conditioning service firm will keep the system working at peak performance by measuring the operating pressures, checking controls and cleaning the condenser coils.
Small cracks are normal, but large horizontal cracks or cracks that are wider at the bottom than at the top are signs that your foundation might need to be repaired. Check concrete stairs and walkways for signs of damage, and check for cracks in driveways and sidewalks. Test the railings that are set in concrete steps to ensure that they are stable.
It is always a good idea to protect your wood deck by resealing the wood. Before you do this, be sure to check that there aren’t any loose or rotting boards. If any of the wood is soft & spongy, it is a sign of rot, and needs to be replaced.
Garden Hoses and Water Taps
Check all exterior water taps to ensure they are not leaking. Caulk any cracks between the taps and the exterior walls. Make sure that all garden hoses are not leaking.
Clean and service your lawn mower, changing the oil and having the blades sharpened.
Enjoy the sunshine!