How To Prepare Your Home For Spring
Phew, at last! This is a sigh always heard across the U.S when another long drawn and gloomy winter fades away. The blooming buds herald a less stressful period for homeowners, but there is a catch. During the throes of winter, your home is bashed right, left and center and you have to prepare it in order to enjoy the refreshing new season.
If you want to enjoy the warmer weather, it is imperative to learn how to prepare your home for spring by checking both the interior and exterior environment. This ensures it stays in tiptop shape for the rest of the year. Indeed, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) says over 67% of the repairs done in homes emanate from damage caused during winter. Here are some invaluable tips to prepare your home for this fascinating season:
- Work on the Gutters
Winter comes with storms and a lot of debris will clog your gutters and downspouts. These need to be cleaned because spring is characterized by sudden storms. Thawing ice also needs clear drainage lest such moisture ruins your walls and foundation.
- Check your Air Conditioning
Your furnace is going to get a rest for some time and the A/C unit will come in handy. As such, you need to have it tuned by a professional HVAC contractor. It is advisable to schedule a checkup early because these contractors will have thousands of clients calling once the hot days kick in.
- Assess the Roofing
Snowfalls contribute to the greater percentage of roof damage in every neighborhood. Roof shingles can be damaged during snow wells removal and a contractor needs to assess the damage before recommending repairs. Loose, cracked or buckled shingles need to be replaced before hot weather sets in to avoid further roof damage. While at it, check the flashing around chimneys and all roof edges for any covert damage.
- Look for Leaks
With expected storms during spring and thawing snow, it is important to waterproof all leaking areas. The basement and crawl spaces in particular need to be checked thoroughly while foundation walls must also be assessed for any cracks. Drainage and water piping must also be checked for leaks including sinks, toilets, sewers and any other in your compound.
- Carry Out a General Cleaning
Every part of your home could do with some thorough cleaning after the neglect of winter. The windows, for instance, need to be cleaned and repaired in case of damage. The clothes’ dryer duct and surrounding areas need to be cleaned. In the exterior space, remove dead trees from the lawn and trim trees and hedges that had been neglected during winter.
It is a tough call but now that you know how to prepare your home for spring, it is all systems go. You will enjoy every bit of spring.
Jerome Fokas is the President of Select Basement Waterproofing, and has more than 15 years of professional basement waterproofing installation and ownership experience.