It seems everyone would agree that spring’s bright sunlight and warm winds are like breath of fresh air, especially after long and dark winter which seemed endless. It seems that life is more beautiful when the spring comes, but there are a lot of lacks as well, especially if you live in the house. Gutters are full with leaves, sidewalks are cracked and plants in last year’s flower beds are dead. Of course, it is not all – everyone who lives in the house knows it. To cope with these endless challenges on the occurrence of spring see our checklist. This list will help you to target areas which need maintenance, so you can act quickly, so you can get done them faster, leaving free time for going outside and playing in the sunshine.
1. Check your gutters to see whether they are not loose or leaky. It is important, because improper drainage in gutters can lead to water floods in the basement or rooms. Make sure that downspouts are clear and free of debris, as well as drain the water away from the foundation.
2. Fill areas in the yard which are low or are next to the foundation with compacted soil. It is important because intense spring rains can cause flooding of yard. Yard flooding can lead to flooding and damaging of foundation.
3. Screw the wood trim which is around windows, doors, railing and decks to prevent damages to exposed wood from spring rains.
4. Examine the roof to see whether roof shingles are not damaged or lost during winter. Not only winter, but also summer can damage roof shingles, so shingles which are cracked, buckled or loose have to be replaced with new ones. It is recommended to call a qualified roofer who can check and repair the flashing around chimneys, skylights and plumbing vents.
5. Do not forget to examine the exterior of chimney to see signs of damages. It is important to inspect and clean a flue as well. To be more safe and sure that everything is okay, call a certified chimney sweep.
6. Examine concrete slabs to see some signs of cracks. It should be noted that all exterior slabs have to drain away from the foundation of house. If there are cracks in slabs fill them with a concrete crack filler of silicone caulk.
7. Remove a firewood which is stored near the house, because firewood have to be stored at least 18” off the ground.
8. Examine the garden hose for rot, as well as outside hose faucets for freeze damage. To check them quickly and easily turn the water on and place a finger over the opening – if you can stop the water flow, it means that the pipe inside the house is damaged and have to be replaced with the new one.
9. Call a qualified cooling and heating contractor who can clean and service the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, performing system’s functions more completely. Do not forget about other interior filters as well – clean and change them regularly.
10. Check an equipment which is powered by gas, battery or other energy to make sure it is ready for summer works. Remember that clean and sharp equipment makes the yardwork easier, so clean it and sharp its cutting blades.