Spring Maintenance Checklist
We can see the sun peeking through the clouds and that icy winter is past us. Spring is here and that means it’s time to head outside and work on your spring maintenance checklist.
It makes no difference whether you are trying to sell your home this season or just get it in shape for your own use, this list will get you started. Get your house clean and safe long before summer arrives so you can spend more time outdoors, enjoying it with family, instead of cleaning gutters and power washing the deck.
To be clear, inspecting your roof is dangerous (and scary). Only attempt this if you are secure in getting on your roof. While there, look for potential issues like leaks, broken shingles or tiles, or general signs that repairs should be considered. No one wants a new roof, but finding a leak before it finds you can save you on costly repairs down the line.
Under normal circumstances, a roof can last up to 25 years. Beyond that time frame, you’ll want to bring in professional inspectors on a yearly basis. The pros will be able to point out issues the untrained eye might miss.
After the winter, your fireplace probably could use some love. Clear away the build up and grime from months of chimney use. Make sure it’s clean and clear to seal up for the upcoming summer months.
For brick fireplaces, and those brave enough to try this at home, get a fireplace cleaner kit, available at most home improvement stores. It should have a cleaning solution and brush to clear soot away from the bricks. If chimney sweep isn’t on your list of go-to jobs, there are also professional crews that specialize in these services.
Water damage can occur for any number of reasons in quite a few places in your home. Exterior water damage is typically the result of water pooling against the house. If it has made it through the protective paint layer, you could be looking at bigger repairs. Look for signs of this in cracking, peeling, bubbling, mildew or algae. If you find these, consult a professional to learn the extent of the damage.
Inside, pipes can freeze and burst over the course of the winter. Finding the brown or black ring on your drywall is never a welcome sight. If you do find it, call both a plumber and a painter. You’re probably going to need help from each.
The first sign your paint is no longer protecting your exterior, or there is an interior problem will be your paint. Obvious problems like peeling and chipping are clues you need to investigate the area further. Discoloration, wetness and other problems should trigger a repair and repainting. Leaving problems to fester under the surface will only allow the issue to grow.
Siding can also take a beating from the temperature changes over the winter. Inspect it and make sure it’s still intact and good condition to protect your home. At the very least, it could be in need of a good cleaning. If you’re ready to take on the challenge, mix 1 gallon of water with ½ cup trisodium phosphate cleaner. Use a power washer to scrub areas of grime. Be cautious not to overload the PSI or you could damage the siding.
Windows and Doors
Clean your windows and doors to see the beautiful spring days outside. While you’re washing, pay attention to caulk around the sills and trim for missing caulk. To avoid pest or water intrusion, keep these areas sealed tight. Get a paintable caulk and fill the missing areas. Once it’s completely dried, use some touch up paint for an invisible repair.
Our crews are here to help you with these inspections or repairs for spring. Schedule a free, no-obligation estimate with our pros.