It’s so nice to see the snow melt after months of cold weather. The birds come out, people are walking outside again, and you don’t have to wear your winter jacket everywhere anymore.
But as things start heating up, you’ll have to pay attention to any warning signs of flooding or mold with all that extra moisture. It’s also a great time to get in that spring cleaning to remove the nasty dirt and debris that’s been accumulating all winter.
So, as we get further into spring, here are some outdoor and indoor spring home maintenance tips to prevent any issues this season.
Outdoor Spring Home Maintenance Tips
Your home’s building materials take a beating over the winter, so you’ll want to inspect and repair each of the following before they get worse and cause a bigger problem. The quicker it gets done, the better.
1. Clean the Roof and Gutters
With months of snow and ice building up around the gutters as well as other debris like leaves, sticks and dirt, the gutters can quickly become clogged in the springtime. When there is blockage in the gutters, it causes the water to spill over the side and onto the foundation, possibly even flooding your basement. The overflow can also damage the siding.
The best way to make sure this doesn’t happen to your house is to grab a ladder and check it out. But if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, give the professionals a call.
You’ll also want to make sure your downspouts are clear of any debris and facing the right direction, allowing the water to flow away from your foundation and not in it.
2. Inspect Your Foundation
Speaking of the foundation, it’s crucial to ensure it remains dry on all sides to prevent your basement from flooding. Spring brings with it a ton of rain, so it’s important to make sure the foundation’s walls are tightly sealed and don’t have any cracks that might have been caused by snow and ice.
If you do find any cracks, you can pick up some sealant from your local hardware store or simply call a contractor. You’ll also want to look around for spots where the soil is not level which can allow water to pool and push up against your home. Make sure that all soil is level while allowing water to flow away from your home.
3. Survey Hard Materials
While they are hard surfaces, they can still become cracked by winter’s hash conditions, enduring freezing as well as melting snow and ice. The constant fluctuation in temperature will wear down on the building materials over time and eventually allow water to seep through.
If you look carefully around the exterior of your home, inspecting every inch, you may find some cracks along the concrete or asphalt that will need to be patched up.
Also keep in mind that there’s only so many times that concrete can be patched up, so you might have to replace part of the concrete.
4. Reseal Woodwork
Wood decks are another feature that faces winter’s harsh conditions. Snow, ice, and water are constantly weighing down on wood decks and can deteriorate the wood finish and even cause the development of mold in the spring.
Be sure to inspect your wood deck carefully, including the wood trim and other structures, after all the snow melts and to see if they have become discolored, stained, or warped. If you do find any issues, it’s most likely time to reseal the deck.
If you’re still unsure of whether or not it needs to be done, just pour some water onto it and check if it beads. If so, the finish is still intact, and you’ll get a few more months out of it. If not, you know what to do.
Indoor Spring Maintenance Tips
While the biggest risk of damage to your home is on the outside, cold temperatures can still affect the interior as well. Be sure to check off everything on the following list.
1. Inspect the A/C Unit
It’s likely you haven’t touched your air conditioning unit in a few months. While this is great for saving energy, it’s important to ensure it works now before you’ll need it in a few weeks.
Call a certified HVAC technician to inspect it and give you their professional opinion so you’ll have some peace of mind once the high temperatures hit.
2. Inspect for Leaks
Basements are hit the most when leaks occur due to water being pushed by gravity. You’ll want to take a look down there and check for any signs of water damage, mold, musty smells, or any other sign of leaks. Be sure to check the ceiling, walls, floors and items for any discoloration, stains, or warping.
3. Clean the Furnace and Chimney
Over the past few months, your furnace and fireplace have probably been working pretty hard. While it’s good you won’t be using it that often in the spring, you still want to clean it out so it’s ready to go by fall. You can also call a chimney sweep to have the fireplace and chimney cleaned professionally as well as an HVAC technician to ensure the furnace is cleaned properly.
4. Inspect the Water Heater
Leaky water heaters are the absolute worst, especially because we need them every day. But it’s incredibly important to check them year-round and to make any repairs as needed to prevent leaks or water damage.
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Professional Residential Cleaning Services
When following the above-mentioned tips to maintain your home this spring, don’t forget about the importance of spring cleaning. All winter, dirt, dust, and other debris have been settling in your home, accumulating within your carpet fibers, upholstery fabric, and air ducts. Our professionals at ServiceMaster DAK provide residential cleaning services that include carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and air duct cleaning. We use advanced equipment and professional cleaning methods to remove built up dust and debris as well as stains from carpeting and upholstery.
The other thing to remember this spring is that the pandemic is not over, and your home has been closed up for the last several months. The spring season is a great time to have your home disinfected by our professionals to eliminate disease causing pathogens and ensure that your home is protected from COVID-19 and other illnesses. Our advanced disinfection services and EPA-registered cleaning products and disinfectants will eliminate 99.9 percent of germs and pathogens to keep your home safe.
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