It’s Spring time. Well it’s supposed to be
It is spring though and the weather is getting somewhat warmer. You can feel the heat from the sun, when it’s out.
It’s time to get the home/cabin ready for the year. Start from the top and work your way down:
- Check your roof for any loose shingles that may have been ripped off during all the windy days, our ones that may have been compromised by ice dams. also look for any nails popping up. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked. Remember, your roof is the main defense against rain. Water can be a big contributor to many problems in and on a home. you need to keep the home envelope tight to keep the rain outside.
- If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
- Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. and repaired by a qualified roofer.
- Check and clean those gutters, even if you have rain guard. Gutters take all the water that your roof deflects and diverts it away from the home. They are a major defense in home protection.
- Walk around your home and look at your siding. look for any cracks or holes that may have been hit by flying objects during those windy days. Your siding also helps keep the rain out and diverts it away from the home. Also look at all your caulking joints. caulking is only good for so many years and may need to be replaced. You may want to just take note of these areas for now and wait until it actually does warm up. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood. Also take note of your windows for broken glass or screens that might have holes in them. get them fixed now before them pests start coming out again.
- Check your gutter spouts. make sure they are directing the rain water at least 2 feet away from your home. With the spring thaw and rain the ground is going to be saturated enough. don’t make it any tougher for your basement drain system to keep things dry. I like to see them unload unto a splash block, but I know they can be a pain when it comes time to cutting the grass. Also look for low areas in the yard or next to the foundation, they should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.
- If you have a crawlspace then you should have vents around the foundation. walk around and clean out any debris that may have collected last fall and winter. check the screens to make sure no pests can get in there. It won’t be long now when you’ll want to be opening those up to provide air circulation. Remember those pesky little critters can get into the smallest holes.
- Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
- Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground and at least 2 feet from the structure.
- Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot. you could get wet the first time you turn on the hose and it springs a leak directed right at you. You know it will go right at you.
- Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis in the summer also. AC units should not be run until the outside temperature is 65 degrees or higher, so you can probably put this off until July or August right. Don’t be a procrastinator.
Well that should keep you busy for awhile. I’ll try and post some tips about summer later. the ground hog said 6 more weeks, or was it months. Oh well, kind of like Arnold Schwarzenegger says “It will come”.