It has been a long winter, but I think we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. A few months ago, I published a blog on how to winterize your home. Well, this month I am focusing on getting your home ready for spring. The high winds, freezing weather conditions, snow and ice on your roof can take a toll on your home. Plumbing, roofing, gutters, and driveway all can take a beating during the brutal months of winter.
1. The first thing on your list will probably be to get your air-conditioning unit serviced. This is a low cost task that can save you thousands of dollars down the road. Have a professional service technician check your unit, duct work, etc. And you can perform some routine maintenance by simply replacing your air filters.
2. Check your gutters for leaks, clogged opening, leaves, etc. Make sure the gutters are still tight and fitting well at the seams.
3. Inspect all your outside faucets for leaks or damage. Make sure your water flow on the inside of the house is as good as it has always been. Otherwise, you may needed to do some checking of your plumbing or get a professional to do a thorough check of all your lines.
4. Check all outside light fixtures. Make sure there are no loose fixtures or exposed wiring around the fixtures. Replace any blubs that need replacing.
5. This is also a good time to check the batteries in all your smoke alarms. Many people abide by the rule of replacing their fire alert batteries when time changes in the spring and fall. Regardless, it’s a good idea to replace them twice yearly.
6. Check the caulking around your windows and doors. Damaged caulking can cause moisture to get inside your house and cause mold and other issues. It’s also a good time to clean and prepare the windows for spring so you have a nice clear view and can enjoy the sunshine and great weather ahead.
7. Check your roof for possible damage. Look specifically for missing shingles. Look in your attic for signs of leakage. You may also want to hire a professional to do this, especially if you are afraid of heights.
A couple of other things to check are your driveway, tools you will use for summer time yard maintenance, and hoses. These are just a few of the things that need to be taken care of after a long winter. Hope this helps trigger a few more ideas for your to do list.