Home Maintenance Tips for the Coming Spring

gutterSpring home maintenance is important for maintaining your home’s structural soundness, attractive appearance and ultimately, its value.

Spring isn’t far off, so putting together a list of spring cleaning and maintenance ideas makes sense.

This Complete Home Remodeling Guide discusses 7 home maintenance tips for the coming spring.

Tip 1: Examine the Gutters and Downspouts

This should be done before spring, especially if heavy April showers hit where you live. If your gutters and downspouts are leaking, broken, separated or missing, the result may be that a large amount of water is dumped close to your home’s foundation. It is very possible that this water will leak into your basement causing untold damage and be a source of mold. Make sure that your downspouts are carrying all the moisture at least 6 feet from your home. If not, add extenders to your downspouts.

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Tip 2: Check your AC and Air Handler

Now is the right time to have your HVAC system cleaned and tuned. Call your HVAC pro for maintenance of the condensing unit outside and the air handler indoors. A cleaned, tuned system will run more efficiently and break down less often. HVAC maintenance pays for itself very quickly. And, if you have a humidifier on your air handler/furnace, this is the right time to shut it off and change the filter. Adding humidity to your home in the spring, usually a humid time already, invites the production of mold and mildew.

Tip 3: Get the Lawn and Garden in Shape

A healthy, vibrant landscape looks good and maintains you home’s value. Choose a quality weed and feed designed for spring application. Follow directions, and make sure it gets proper watering if the spring rains aren’t sufficient. If you enjoy gardening, early spring is the time to turn the soil in the garden and flower beds. Add compost or other nutrients to get flowers and vegetables off to a great start.

Tip 4: Seal the Deck

The rains that can cause trouble for the foundation can hasten the demise of the deck if allowed to penetrate the wood, even treated wood. Seal any wood fencing that needs it, too.

Tip 5: Check the Roof

If you get snow where you live, then you’d know by now if you had a leak. But if you don’t get snow in winter, it makes sense to evaluate the condition of the roof in spring. Look for missing, cracked or cupped roofing material. Check for missing flashing or gaps between the flashing and a chimney or wall. If you find issues, make immediate repairs or have them done by a roofer. If you don’t like getting on the roof, a local roofing contractor can do the job quickly for a reasonable price.

Tip 6: Add a Ventilation Fan to the Attic

A ventilation fan removes excess moisture and heat from the attic. This will give your roof longer life and will help prevent mold or rot in your attic. With seasonal rains and hot summer weather on the way, this is a timely home maintenance tip for the coming spring.

Tip 7: Have Trees Trimmed

Spring is the time for ice storms and high winds. Both can cause heavy tree limbs to break off and come crashing down on your home, garage, AC condensing unit, car or fence. Getting the trees trimmed ahead of spring may prevent an expensive incident. These 7 home maintenance tips for the coming spring will have your home in great shape this year.

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