Spring is a big month for home maintenance. You will want to focus on the outside parts of your home since Winter has just passed and now you will be getting your home ready for the summer heat.
-Check your outside drainage. If water is staying around it for more than 24 hours, or moving towards the foundation of your home, there are a couple of things you can do to fix it. Check your gutters, grade the area with some dirt or if you have pavement, you can have a professional come out and they will be able to raise it. This will make it drain away from your house.
-Clean out your gutters.
-Inspect the exterior of your home. Look closely all around your house, and make any repairs that you feel need to be done and if you are not able to make the repairs needed, there is always professional help available.
-Check the foundation of you home for any cracks.
-Get your AC ready for summer; something to consider is having it serviced.
-Repair or replace window screens if they are damaged. If you do not, you can expect to find many more bugs than usual in your home.
-Get rid of any dead plants and shrubs. Plants can get into cracks and holes on the outside of your home. This can cause damage in some areas.
-Check to see if any trees are interfering with electric lines. If you notice that they are, you will need a professional to fix this.
-Look over your roof for any leaks, cracked caulk, rust, shingles that are buckling or broken, masses of moss or a damaged chimney cap. Repair these things needed; you may need a professional for some of these.
Summer is a great time to focus your lawn and garden.
-Check the grout in your bathrooms, kitchen and anywhere else it is in your home. Repairing it will help your tiled surfaces last much longer.
-Look over your plumbing for any leaks.
-If you are having problems with bugs, go ahead and take care of it. Summer is the time that they will be out the most. They are fairly easy to take care of.
-Clean and repair deck or patio if it is needed. Check for any loose boards or posts.
Usually you will just need to wash it really good. It could also need to be re-stained.
-Clean out window wells of any debris that there may be.
-Check and clean your dryer vent and other exhaust vents on the outside of your home. They way you can check this is while the dryer is running, make sure that the exhaust is coming out. If there is not much exhaust coming out, you will need to check for anything that could be blocking it. You may need a professional to help fix this. -Clean out your garage. Keeping your garage clean will help it last longer. Garages tend to get a lot of extra dust so once a year, a good cleaning is necessary.
Fall is a season where you are finishing up your summer tasks and also making sure your home is going to be ready for winter. The cold weather, snow and a lot of rainy days can do a bit of damage to any home. This is why doing Winter home maintenance is so important.
-You will want to flush your hot water heater and remove sediment. This helps it last longer and helps you save money on your power bill.
-Winterize you AC systems. Take out any window units and put them away for the season. If you have central AC, you will want to cover it with a tarp or plastic sheeting. After doing that, you will need to make sure it is secure with bungee cords.
-Get your heating system ready. Make sure that there are not any leaks in your doors or your windows. Make sure that your heat vents have been opened and that they are not blocked by anything like furniture.
-Get your furnace serviced or inspected at the least every other year, but it is best to do it every year. Just like with the AC, this should not cost much. Make sure you do not forget about your fireplaces.
-Remember to flush hoses and store them away for the season.
-Get your chimney cleaned, if you have one.
-Test sump pump.
-Check your driveway and your pavement for any cracks. Make sure you get these re-sealed before winter because the water is able to freeze and expand in the cracks, which will cause more damage.
-Buy any winter gear that you do not already have. It is always a good idea to have sidewalk salt, good shovels, etc. ready for winter.
Winter is the best time to check over the inside of your home and check for any things that you may have missed.
-Regularly check for ice dams and icicles. They are very heavy and can cause a good amount of damage to your home. They also can cause water damage to the foundation of your home when they melt.
-Test your electricity. Be very careful when doing this. There are a couple of things that you are able to do on your own including:
- Check that all outlets work
- Test your GFCI outlets
-Go around your home and tighten any handles, knobs, racks, etc. You should walk through the entire house and check for anything that would be able to have a loose screw.
-Check that all of the locks and deadbolts on your doors and on your windows are working correctly. If any of these are not working correctly, you need to go ahead and replace them.
-Check the caulking around all of your showers and bathtubs. While doing this, you can also remove your showerheads and clean the sediment. This will make them last longer and will also help with water pressure.
-The last thing you will want to do during the winter is deep clean and go through inspecting your basement. Basements tend to be overlooked. It is good to go through and dust, clean all the windows, make sure that there is not mold anywhere, etc..
Roof repair checklist that you should follow