Q: What home maintenance things should I be doing in the springtime?
Spring is the time to be working around the house, inside and outside. Here’s a checklist of
things that you should be working on to prepare for the year ahead.
- Clean the gutters and check for any leaky or loose areas.
- Check the siding for missing or peeling paint and repair. Also check siding for any damage that may have occurred over the winter.
- Trim shrubs and trees away from the house to preserve the siding and roof.
- Rake up any leaves from last fall. Pull up weeds and dead plants from last season.
- Check your roof for any missing shingles that may have been lost during winter. Have a qualified roofer check the flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys and repair if necessary.
- Remove any firewood stored near your home so that it is at least 18 inches off the ground and at least 2 feet from the house.
- Check your outdoor faucets for freeze damage.
- Have the air conditioning unit cleaned, inspected and tuned up for the hot days ahead.
- Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to ensure that it’s ready for spring and summer use. Tune up the lawn mower and have the blades sharpened.
- Examine the house’s foundation for any cracks and caulk or call a foundation specialist for more permanent repairs.
- Pressure-wash your home to remove dirt, mold and stains from the siding, deck and patio.
- Repair cracked sidewalks and driveways.
- Inspect your deck and reseal if necessary. Also check for and fix any loose railings and decay.
- Check and clean the dryer vent.
- Check windows and doors for air and water leaks and fill or repair.
- Check your cracks and gaps where insects or mice can get into your home, and fill these areas.
- Check faucets and plumbing for leaks and repair or replace any leaky pipes or faucets.
- Check tiles and grout for cracks and reseal any areas where cracking occurs.
- Clean the windows and screens inside and out.
- If you don’t have central air conditioning, then spring is the time to reinstall window AC units.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils so the fridge operates at top efficiency.
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
- Drain your water heater.
Sources: HGTV.com, BobVila.com, Kiplinger.com,www.usnews.com.
Move the Firewood Pile
Now that it’s spring, chances are you’re not using your fireplace as much, so it’s time to move the wood pile. To prevent wood-boring pests such as termites from invading your home and nearby structures, you’ll want to move the woodpile at least two feet from any structures and 18 inches off the ground. You can use concrete blocks, bricks or a firewood grate to keep firewood off the ground to encourage air flow and prevent moisture, which attracts insects.
Don’t store firewood near trees, either, as insects such as bark beetles can move from the woodpile to invade your trees and cause severe damage.
Article contributed by Garry Pigeon of Global Property Inspections