Spring maintenance checklist
April 12, 2018
Spring! Time to break out the sandals, switch to iced beverages, and … clean the gutters! For homeowners, maintenance is also a seasonal ritual. It might be less fun (some of it will at least get you outside), but unlike strapping on your strappiest sandals or sipping iced chai, it will protect the investment you call home.
So without further ado, here are six top home maintenance to-dos for you to focus on this and every spring.
1. Service your AC system
Give your air-conditioning system a once-over every spring — well before the first heat wave. Change the filter, check the hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely. Any issues last summer? Not sure how long it’s been since the unit was serviced? Good idea to call in a professional.
2. Clean your chimney
If you have a fireplace or wood stove, this is an annual must-do, so hopefully you already have a certified chimney sweep in your roster of home pros. Chimney fires can be darn scary, even if your house doesn’t burn down. Many chimney sweeps offer discounts in spring and summer in an attempt to spread out their workload.
3. Inspect your roof
Even a little damage from a winter storm can let moisture in, so spring is a good time to take a close look at your roof. Get up on a super-stable ladder (safety alert: falls from ladders are a major cause of home injury) or use binoculars to check the condition of shingles and flashing.
4. Clean your gutters
Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear, with water exiting a minimum of five feet from the foundation. Have gutter guards? Excellent. But they’re not foolproof, so confirm that they’re doing their job.
5. De-pool your yard
Snowmelt and spring rains can reveal drainage problems. Have you noticed any water pooling next to the foundation? It could seep into the basement. Standing water anywhere in your yard can breed mosquitos. Use compacted soil to slope the ground away from foundation walls (at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet) and fill in low spots.
6. Repair exterior paint
Winter can take its toll on paint, and exposed wood is a no-no: rot happens fast. Once it does, you could have a much bigger problem on your hands. Most paint stores offer color matching, so you can touch up without a dalmatian effect.
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This post was originally published in June 2017, and was updated for accuracy and completeness in April 2018.
Filed Under: For Homeowners