The weather is warming up, and that makes these first warm weeks the perfect time to assess any damage that the winter weather may have done to your home before cookout season begins. Here is a quick checklist to help you get started:
Check for Loose and Leaky Gutters
Clean gutters are very important because improper drainage can lead to water in the basement and crawl space. While you are checking your gutters for clogs, also check the downspouts and make sure they are free of debris.
Check Wood Trim
A screwdriver can be your best friend during home maintenance. Use it to probe wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. It is best to make the repairs immediately before spring rains do more damage to exposed woods.
Check Your Roof
While standing on the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost are damaged during the winter. If you have an older roof covering, it may be time to budget for a replacement. Damaged shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose, or missing granules should be replaced and the flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and chimneys should be examined by a qualified roofer.
Check Concrete Slabs
Inspect your concrete slabs for signs of movement. All concrete slabs, except for the area around the pool, should drain away from your home’s foundation. You can fill cracks with silicone caulk or concrete crack filler. When the weather permits you can power wash and seal the concrete.
Check Your Hose Faucets
Check your outside faucets for freeze damage. To do this, turn on the water, and place your thumb over the opening. If you are able to stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe is damaged and needs to be replaced. While you are at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.
Check Your Heating and Cooling Units.
Your heating and cooling system is very important as the temperatures rise. Take the time to have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outdoor unit of the air cooling system. A clean system will operate more efficiently and can save you money on your utility bills.
Check Your Lawn Equipment
Check gas and battery-powered lawn equipment. Sharp blades and clean equipment will make your summer yard work easier.
Like all home maintenance, checking these things now can save you from costly repairs later. Take a moment and inspect your home’s exterior. Then make the most out of the warm weather with great outdoor living spaces.