Home Maintenance Tips – Spring

With the wet and snowy winter we have had, we really need to take time this spring to check out our homes for potential issues. Here are some great DIY home maintenance tips. Exterior Walls & Windows As winter weather melts away, you may notice a build-up of dirt, mold and other stains on the exterior of your home; be sure to power wash this sediment away to avoid corrosion and other permanent damage. Spring is the perfect time to reapply any exterior caulking around windows and weather-stripping to doors, as these openings tend to be the biggest air conditioning leak points. Roofs & Gutters Cleaning your gutters after winter is crucial. Clogs caused by built-up sediment can prevent proper drainage, forcing heavy rains back on your home and leaving you at risk for roof leaks and flooding. As you clean the gutters, be sure to check for leaks in the roof. Replace or repair any broken or missing shingles; storms and floods will find their way through these cracks and cause major water damage to your home. Chances are that during this cold winter, your fireplace was put to good use. As part of roof maintenance, get a chimney sweep or inspection. The buildup of residue called creosote, which is highly flammable, can cause a house fire when you least expect it. A/C System First, give your cooling system a test run to make sure it works! Don’t wait for the warm weather to arrive to discover your a/c unit is out of commission. Examine the hose connections for leaks. It’s best to check this early on in case there is a leak so you can have a professional come and fix the problem before the warmer weather...
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