With March only a hop, skip, and a jump away, it’s almost time to start the yearly tradition of spring cleaning. As you declutter your home and spruce up your backyard, don’t forget to give your exterior thorough inspection to ensure that it’s protected against the upcoming rainy season.
Here are four essential maintenance tasks that all homeowners should perform this spring.
1. Look for Obstructions in Your Drainage
Rainwater that pools up around the foundation of the house can cause a lot of problems. If your home was built with a crawl space, seeping water can cause mold to grow on the structure and even in your insulation. In addition, wet soil around the foundation of your home can attract termites, which can lead to even greater problems down the road. For this reason, you should remove any blockages from your gutters and ensure that rainwater is able to drain away from your house.
2. Inspect Your Roof for Damage
When you’re doing spring maintenance, make sure to check your roof for any damage. Look for shingles that are damaged, loose, or missing altogether. You also need to inspect your plumbing vents for any damage as well. And if you notice any damage, get in touch with a roofing contractor as soon as possible. If you postpone repair work, the roof damage can spread – leaving you with a more expensive problem to deal with.
3. Have Your HVAC Checked and Serviced
The last thing you want to do is get to June or July, only to find out that your air conditioning needs repair. Have your unit looked at twice a year, in the autumn and in the spring, for minor leaks and other issues that could affect your air conditioner’s performance. Catching and fixing these problems early will prevent your HVAC unit from breaking down, as well as help you cut back on energy expenses throughout the spring and summer.
4. Make Your Home Hurricane Ready
If you live on the coast, you might want to think about preparing for hurricane season ahead of time. If your home is fitted with hurricane-resistant features, like bracing, stormproof windows, and hurricane shutters, you need to inspect them to see whether they’re all in good condition. Now is also a good time to caulk and weatherstrip your doors and windows, as well as keep supplies like plywood and fasteners on hand to board up windows in the event of an incoming hurricane.
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