It’s time for gutter cleaning, landscaping and drain flushing. Here’s how to get your house ready for spring.
Spring maintenance is more than just cleaning house. There are indoor and outdoor tasks you need to complete to ensure your home is in good shape and stays that way through the rest of the year. Ready to get started? We’ve got your ultimate spring maintenance checklist right here.
Foundation: Check your foundation walls, the floors, concrete and any mason work for cracking, heaving or deterioration. If you notice multiple bricks are losing their mortar or significant cracks in the concrete, bring a professional in ASAP to assess your foundation’s status and prevent any further deterioration.
Gutters: Cleaning the gutters annually or biannually is an essential part of home maintenance. Failing to properly maintain gutters and downspouts can actually cause serious damage to your house. Now is a great time to remove leaves and debris from your gutters and to make sure they’re draining properly. Some homeowners who do this themselves, but if you’re not comfortable working while on a ladder, bring in a professional who can do the job safely and efficiently.
Siding: Clean the siding of your home with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Now is also a good time to carefully inspect all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. Any problem areas should be dealt with quickly; this involves sanding the area and applying a primer before repainting.
Caulking: Take a look at the caulking on the exterior of your home. If it appears to be deteriorating or eroded, you’ll need to reapply the sealant. If you’d rather not take this on as a DIY job, you can always call in a professional housepainter or handyman.
Windows: Clean the screens, and check them for holes — if you find any, patch them before the warm weather comes if you want to keep bugs from coming in. Tighten any loose window frames and repaint as needed. Take a look at the window sills, too, and fill any cracks, caulk any open edges and sand and paint any chipped or cracked areas.
Doors: If you have doors with screens, clean them and check for holes like you would with windows. Repair any holes as needed, tighten up loose hinges and replace any broken hardware. If the actual structure of the door or door frame is seriously damaged, it may need to be replaced.
Roof: Check for leaves and debris that may have piled up on your roof over the winter. In order to prevent rot, this debris and any mold and algae that have accumulated should be removed. Some homeowners choose to do this themselves, but others opt to bring in a professional for safety and convenience reasons.
Deck/Porch: Check your deck, patio or porch as well as its stairs and railings for loose parts and deterioration. Areas that are exposed to the elements year round typically need to be treated every 4-6 years.
Drain-waste-vent system: Also known as a “DWV system,” these are the pipes that move sewage away from your home. An annual flush can clear out any clogs and prevent future plumbing mishaps from costing you a fortune.
Hot Water Heater: Have a professional do a regular inspection of your hot water heater. He or she can ensure your heater is working efficiently, which is extremely important because inefficient hot water heaters can emit carbon monoxide, a lethal but odorless gas.
Heat Pump: Heat pumps are an important part of any home’s HVAC system. In order to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures year-round, you should clean your heat pump’s filters on a monthly basis. Check at least every three months for and blockage at the base of the pump that could restrict its airflow, and keep one eye out for any refrigerant leakage. (If you notice leakage, call a licensed technician.) Lastly, it’s a good idea to have a professional lubricate the fan motorevery 3-4 years.
Air Conditioner: You’re going to want to make sure your A/C is running properly before the weather gets too warm. Schedule an annual checkup now with an HVAC contractor in your area. A professional can make sure your unit is running efficiently, and they may also catch and repair any small issues that could’ve later turned into bigger and costlier problems.
Landscape: If you haven’t already done so, remove any fallen branches or debris from your yard now. Trim overgrown bushes and vegetation — especially if there are any branches that could scratch the paint on your home or car.
Sprinklers: If you already have a sprinkler system, make sure now that it’s working properly. This is also a good time to check that there aren’t any areas of your yard getting too much or not enough water. If you find that’s the case, you can adjust the layout of your sprinklers as needed. If you don’t already have a sprinkler system, you may want to consider a consultation with a professional to see how installing one may benefit the landscape of your home.