Spring is upon us, and the evidence is blooming all around us. If you’re a homeowner, now is a great moment to take care of some routine home maintenance to get your home organized for spring and keep it running smoothly and efficiently right through summer. Hometech Builders believes that a little preventative maintenance will go a long way in keeping your household ready for the next season.
Winter weather can damage your home’s exterior, potentially causing an assortment of problems. Now that it’s getting warmer, get outside and take a look around:
- Clean all your rain gutters.
Poor or improper drainage can cause water damage to your home. Check for loose and leaky gutters and ensure downspouts are positioned to drain away from your home’s foundation. Clear debris from all gutters and downspouts.
- Inspect the roof.
Your roof is your home’s primary defense against the elements. Visually inspect the roof, looking for signs of warping, cracking and loose shingle or tiles. Examine flashing around chimneys, skylights and vents. Damaged covering and flashing should be replaced. For roof areas too high to inspect from the ground, hire a licensed roof contractor to perform the inspection and make necessary repairs.
- Check seals around windows and doors.
Cold weather can cause seals around windows and doors to loosen, harden and crack. Inspect these areas for damage and make repairs as needed. This will help reduce summer cooling costs and keep water out of your home next winter.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to take a look around inside. Just because you have been indoors most of the winter doesn’t mean your home’s interior isn’t in need of a seasonal once-over. Here are a few areas that merit your attention:
- Service your home’s Heating & Air Conditioning system.
No one wants to be caught in the hot days of summer without air conditioning. It’s a good idea to have your home’s Air Conditioning system checked yearly, usually about one month prior to regular summer usage.
- Check and replace all of your home’s smoke detector batteries.
This is an easy and potentially lifesaving task. Take time now to change the batteries in all your home’s smoke detectors. Better safe than sorry.
- Spring cleaning for your home’s garbage disposal.
When you think about everything that goes down the kitchen sink, a good yearly cleaning for the disposal is definitely in order. Simply feed a tray of ice cubes through it while running cold water or you can pour a pint of vinegar instead of running the cold water.