Spring Maintenance Tips

Winter weather is hard on your home. As the weather warms up, take time on a beautiful spring day to check these items before they become major problems:

  • Roof – Look for damaged or missing shingles or flashing
  • Gutters – Check for loose, leaky or clogged gutters & downspouts
  • Chimney – Check joints for missing mortar; look for efflorescence; have chimney cleaned if you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace
  • Exterior Walls – Look for damage to siding, brick or stucco
  • Windows – Check caulk and weather stripping; look for water damage to sills, frames & sashes (inside and outside)
  • Deck & Fence – Look for water damage & heaving (frost pushing posts up out of the ground)
  • Hose Bibs – De-winterize and check for freeze damage (Place your thumb over the spigot and turn on the water. If water doesn’t push past your thumb, you may have a water leak inside your home.)
  • Foundation – Look for cracks in the foundation or settling of dirt near the foundation
  • Firewood – Move firewood away from your home – it’s a potential fire hazard and it may be filled with termites and/or carpenter ants
  • Concrete Slabs – Check for cracks or heaving
  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) System – Change filters, turn off whole-house humidifier, clear plants & debris away from condensing unit (outside your house); have a qualified HVAC specialist inspect

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