It’s spring in Marietta!

Spring is here, and we at ANDY OnCall ® want to provide you with tips on how to improve home quality and retain housing market value. Whether you’re looking to keep your home cost efficient or boost resale value, routine maintenance and small repairs around the house will ensure that your property stays in top notch condition.

  1. Check outside water hoses and faucets. Checking your outdoor faucets and hoses for freeze damage should be done each year. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, your pipe running inside the home could be damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re checking the faucets, check your hoses for dry rot.
  2. Inspect your concrete. Once the weather starts to warm-up you should inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs, except for pool decks, should drain away from the home’s foundation. If you find cracks, you can fill them with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, you should power-wash and then seal the concrete around your home.
  3. Examine the roof’s shingles. When the weather turns nice you should bust out your ladder and examine the shingles on your roof to see if any were lost or damaged during the winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may need to start a budget for replacement. Any shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose, or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
  4. Check the gutters. Check the gutters to see if they are loose or leaky. Improper drainage can lead to water in your basement or crawl space. Make sure your downspouts drain away from the foundation of your home and are free and clear of any debris.

Don’t have the time or you are unsure how to maintain and/or make the proper repairs? Call ANDY ONCALL©!

Andy’s Helpful Tips

Spring cleaning coupled with home improvement projects can give your home the makeover it deserves while making it run more smoothly and efficiently, thus saving you money.

Here is a great spring home improvement project that can really save you money in the long-run.

Apply a water-repellent seal to your deck. As we all know, spring is rainy season and leaving your deck untreated and defenseless against the elements would be unwise.

Over time, water penetration can cause dry rot, warping, and cracking. A water-repellent sealant will help extend the life of your deck and keep water from seeping into the wood.

Always remember to thoroughly clean your deck before applying sealant and to cover nearby foliage from being sprayed with harsh chemicals.

There are several methods to applying sealant – (brush, roller, garden spray) choose what best suits your need and fits your schedule.

 

Energy Efficiency!

Spring offers us a great opportunity to see how and where we can make our lives a little more energy efficient. Try these tips for an energy smart season!

  • Regularly check toilets, pipes and faucets for leaks and repair them immediately. One small leak can waste thousands of liters of water per year and cost a bundle.
  • Turn off the oven a few minutes before food is ready and let its heat finish the job.
  • Clean out your refrigerator, including the seals around the door. And vacuum the coils on the back.
  • Clean the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher to keep it running efficiently.
  • Clean the lint filter after every dryer load and clean the exhaust duct every year to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
  • Turn off unused electrical equipment, including your computer, monitor and printer, at the end of the day.
  • Use indoor appliance timers to turn lamps on and off. This saves electricity while giving your home a “lived-in” look while you are out.
  • An outside motion detector is more cost effective and energy efficient than leaving on two 75-watt incandescent floodlights for overnight security that will cost you about $2.50 a month.

 

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