Now that we’re officially in the spring season, it’s time to start thinking about the damage that the winter weather may have had on your home. Extreme cold, snow, wind, and ice can all have an impact on your house, making it important to conduct an inspection on the interior and exterior of your home. And, since many of us will be spending more time at home in the coming weeks, now is the perfect time to give your home a little extra love and tackle these spring home maintenance tasks.
Spring is the perfect time to clean the parts of your house that are often neglected, such as dusting and vacuuming floorboards and railings, tops of cabinets, ceiling fans, and windows. Also, disinfect any frequently (and infrequently) touched surfaces such as window blinds, cabinets, appliances, countertops, and chairs. Doing a deep clean early in the spring can help eliminate the buildup of dust and allergens in your home, especially if you plan to keep doors and windows open more often for a fresh spring breeze.
Check air filters
You should check your air filters throughout the year but especially during the changing of seasons. Check your air filters and replace if needed. You may also want to consider checking the hose connections on appliances for any cracks, leaks, or dust that could impact their effectiveness.
Inspect your attic
Aside from insects and animals that might make your attic their home for the winter, mold is also a common problem homeowners face come springtime. Without proper insulation and ventilation, any liquid that gets into your attic during the winter can often create a significant mold problem if not taken care of quickly. Look around your attic for any gray or black spots that look like stains and have them inspected by a professional as soon as you can.
Inspect your basement
Prone to dampness, basements can also be a breeding ground for mold due to their high levels of humidity and poor ventilation. If you had any leaks or flooding throughout the winter months, be sure to consult a professional who can appropriately assess your home for signs of mold. Additionally, take a look around your basement for any cracks that may have developed on your walls from top to bottom. If you have any leaks, there will be signs present at the bottom of the cracks.
Examine your roof
Throughout the winter, water and ice can build up on your roof causing buckled, cracked, or loose shingles that need to be replaced. If your home has an older roof, you may be more susceptible to experiencing damage and might want to consider an entire replacement. If you have a chimney and/or skylights in your home, a professional can come and inspect and repair these properly.
Check your gutters
Loose and leaky gutters can wreak havoc on your home if not repaired swiftly. Faulty drainage can lead to flooding around the windows of your home or in the basement and crawl spaces. Clean any built-up debris from your gutters and make sure the downspouts face away from the foundation of your home.
Inspect your driveway and any concrete surfaces
Your home isn’t the only target of winter damage, but also the surfaces around your home. Snow, ice, shoveling, and plows can all cause cracks on hard surfaces like concrete and pavement. Take a walk around your home to make sure all hard surfaces on the ground around your home drain away from your foundation to prevent leaks and floods. Should you have any cracks, be sure to fill them as soon as possible to ensure they don’t worsen as temperatures rise.
Check your outside faucets
Faucets exposed to the winter air may freeze and cause damage to the pipes inside your home. When weather permits, turn the water on and examine the spout for any signs of blockage. If the water is slow to exit the hose, you may need to replace it.
Service your cooling system
A qualified heating and cooling contractor should conduct an annual inspection on your AC unit to ensure it’s working properly. However, you can still check for any leaks or faulty coils that are visible to the eye. Should you encounter a problem, contact a professional to set up a time for them to service the unit.
Check seals around windows and doors
One of the main causes of increased heating and cooling costs is cracks in doors and windows. Since cold weather can break seals, it’s important to check these areas and repair them as needed.
We hope these tips help you protect your home as we head into the warmer months. If you have more questions about protecting your home and your property, visit our website to find a local agent near you: https://patrons.com/find-agent.htm