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Spring Maintenance Checklist

April 16th, 2015

Cluster of blooming reticulatedSpring Maintenance Checklist

The weather has been glorious lately. Have you started airing everything out?

It’s important to regularly check on certain areas of your home for potential problems. Spring is also a great time to go through and do some decluttering. Look through all the holiday gifts you got to see what you don’t really want to keep.

Maintenance Problems To Fix Immediately

No matter what time of the year, if you see any of these problems, get them repaired quickly. The longer you wait, the more expensive it will be to repair it.

  • Caulk in the kitchen and bathroom – replacing rotted walls or floors is very expensive
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Clean and seal outdoor decking
  • Inspect for termites or other pests
  • Inspect exterior paint and siding
  • Inspect the foundation and concrete slabs for cracks

Other Basic Checks

Check on your roof for any missing shingles or tiles. Check to see if the shingles are turning up or down as they may need to be replaced.

Check the masonry for any places where you might need to repair the mortar. Look into getting sealer for the bricks if you’re noticing that water is seeping in.

Check your fireplace to ensure the spark arrestor is still in place, and that there are no cracks around it. You may not be using your fireplace, but the summer is a good time to do any repair work. If you used your fireplace a lot this winter, now is a good time to have it professionally cleaned.

Walk around your home looking for any cracks in the foundation.

Clean out your gutters and downspouts. Look for any leaks so you can get it repaired during the summer.

Check your attic for ventilation or any nests that may have been formed. You may want to consider getting a quote from an exterminator if you have mice, rats or squirrels nesting. If you have bats, you will need a professional.

Test your sprinklers to ensure that they’re all clean with no nesting earwigs. You won’t need as much watering during the spring as you will during the summer, so now is a good time to remind yourself how to program the sprinklers.

Clean out any debris from the air conditioner. If you’ve had your ac unit under cover, take off the cover and clean dirt and leaves from around the unit.

Prune your landscaping away from your house. Check how things are draining. They should drain away from the house so you don’t have standing water up against your foundation.

Power wash your concrete patios and driveways. Look into any repair work needed for your driveway, and look into giving it a good sealant whether it’s concrete or asphalt.

If you live where you need storm windows and doors, now is the time to take them down, clean them and store them safely.

Check the wood around doors and windows gently with a screwdriver. You may need to replace wood, or just hammer it down tighter. It’s time to pull out the caulk and seal it up if there is a gap in your window or door larger than a nickel. Check weatherproofing strips for any leaks or holes. It’s time to replace them if there are.

Wash those windows well and clean out the tracks using a vacuum cleaner and a soft brush.

If you have them, re-seal your basement and your wood deck.

Now is the time to sharpen the blades on your mower if you do your own lawn maintenance. And give it a little love with some well placed oil. If it’s gas powered, follow your manufacturer’s directions for a tune up including changing out the spark plug.

Clean out the vents in your dryer. Hopefully you’re cleaning the lint out of the lint trap, but twice a year, it’s time to do some deep cleaning.

You may not be using your fireplace, but the summer is a good time to do any repair work. If you used your fireplace a lot this winter, now is a good time to have it professionally cleaned.

You won’t need as much watering during the spring as you will during the summer, so now is a good time to remind yourself how to program the sprinklers.

If there is a gap in your window or door larger than a nickel, it’s time to pull out the caulk and seal it up. Hopefully you’re cleaning the lint out of the lint trap, but twice a year, it’s time to do some deep cleaning.

 

 

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