Tune ups and yearly health examinations shouldn’t be left to cars and humans. After several long winter months our homes are in need of maintenance. Spring is the perfect time to perform a checklist around your home as the weather is warming, life is emerging and a once over to ensure your home is in perfect running order is crucial. Below is a quick home spring checklist to review each year; your home will thank you for years to come.
Exterior Brickwork, Stucco and Siding
The face of your home can consist of a variety of materials from wood, aluminum, vinyl, brick or stucco. If the area has chips, cracks or is damaged in anyway the elements can seep in damaging the homes structure. Check for any deterioration. If you should discover any areas were water can penetrate it is important that the area be properly repaired to prevent further damage from occurring.
Roofing, Gutters and Downspouts
If water does not have a way to flow from the house it will find a way in which to enter the home which will damage the homes structure. It is crucial that the gutters and downspouts are all clear and direct the water away from the home. Check the roofing, both shingles roofing and metal roofing. Any missing or damaged roofing should be repaired. Most homeowners don’t know what to look for when it comes to roofing damage. Once a year it is highly recommended to have a roofing contractor out to inspect the roof, gutters and flashing. Professional roofing contractors can spot areas of inefficiency within your roof, susceptible areas of leakage and can offer immediate help to prevent further damage.
It is important that your chimney is inspected often to prevent build up. A chimney sweep should be called in when any amount of build up is seen to help prevent possible fires. Both active and decorative chimneys should be inspected. Check the flue and cap for cracks and leaks. Any and all damage should be repaired before the chimney is used again if damage is noticed.
Attic and Installation Maintenance
The attic is important and needs to be properly vented. All attic vents should be checked for obstructions, soffit panel damage repaired, flashing leaks managed and wet spots on insulation removed and replaced. Good airflow within the attic will save you money when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Be sure to wear long sleeves and gloves when rooting around within the attic. Insulation is a material that is not easy to work with.
Inspect the Heating and Air Conditioning Units
All units should be cleaned and filters changed. This will help to preserve the quality of the indoor air and to keep units running more efficiently throughout the year. It is also important that the duct work within your home is cleaned regularly. This will prevent a buildup of dust and allergens. As a reminder the batteries should be changed in all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home as a safety precaution.
Prune Landscape Around the Base of the Home
This is the same concept that surrounds the gutters and roof. The idea is to prevent water from being able to build up around the homes foundation. Keeping the base and structure free of moisture will help to ensure a dry base. All plants, shrubbery and landscaping in a manner that prevents soil erosion. Plant them on a negative grade to create a flow of water away from the house.
Prevention is a key element when it comes to the maintenance around your home. Maintenance is far less expensive than replacement when it comes to the majority of issues that arise within your home. Repairing small items as they arise will keep your homes upkeep affordable and easy to manage.