Spring Has Sprung!

Spring is officially here! Telltale signs are showing – flowers blooming, birds singing, and long lines at the hardware store as folks begin home improvement and maintenance projects. Here are ten projects to put on your to-do list this spring:

1. Review Your Roof. Check out your roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your roof is older, it may be time to start budgeting for a replacement. Shingles that are cracked, buckled, or loose need to be replaced. Also, be sure to replace shingles missing granules. Be sure to also check flashing around vents, skylights, and your chimney. These components need to be repaired by a qualified roofer. Read more roof tips here.

2. Check Exterior Trim. Use a screwdriver to check wood trim around windows, doors, railings, and decks. Look for damage, warping, dry rot, and evidence of termites or other wood loving pests. Repairing will prevent further damage brought by Spring rains.

3. Look at Gutters. Look for loose or leaky gutters. Poor drainage can lead to water pooling around your foundation. Make sure your downspouts drain away from the foundation. Gutters should be free from debris. Learn more about foundations and flooding here.

4. Use Compacted Soil. Look for low areas in your yard and for low spots next to the foundation. Fill low spots with compacted soil in order to prevent foundation flooding and damaging leaks.

5. Check out the Chimney. Examine the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue and fireplace cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

6. Inspect Concrete. Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks , chips, or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from your home’s foundation. Be sure to fill chips and cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. It is also a good idea to power wash and seal your concrete.

7. Move Firewood. Remove any firewood stored near the home and store at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from your house.

8. Check Outside Faucets. Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage from winter. 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 it is time to for replacement. Don’t forget to check your garden hose for dry rot.

9. HVAC Tune Up. Have a qualified heating and cooling technician clean and service the outside unit of your AC system. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

10. Check Lawn Equipment. Check your lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Make sure your equipment is clean and blades are sharp. Also, ensure fuel sources (gas or battery) are on hand.