Spring arrives with a warm welcome. For those who’ve been trapped inside their homes to stay out of the cold, now is the time to rediscover the outside world. It’s also time to conduct some home maintenance that will help you avoid big repair bills later on. Start with these 8 tasks to get your home in good shape.

 

1) Inspect Your Roof  

Winter can be hard on your roof. Whether you have shingles, tin or concrete tiles, your roof is your home’s first line of defense against water damage.

Be sure to check for:

  • Cracked or missing shingles
  • Shingle shift(s)
  • Pops in tin

Fixing this issue may only require replacing a few shingles or fasteners. If you delay repairing spots on your roof that need fixing, you could find yourself facing water damage inside your home the next time a storm hits.

 

2) Clean Your Gutters 

Gutters direct rain away from your roof and home. But….clogged gutters and downspouts can open your home to water damage. More than likely you won’t even notice it until you need an expensive repair.

 

3) Check Your Foundation

Winter months can be brutal on your homes foundation.  Be sure to check for:

  • Cracks in your foundation – if left un-repaired even small ones can lead to major structural problems
  • Cracks in bricks
  • Bowing walls

If you notice any of these issues, click here to schedule your free foundation repair evaluation today.

 

4) Check Seals around Windows and Doors

Winter weather can crack and harden caulk and other weather seals. Inspect these and repair or replace as needed. Not only will it make your home look fantastic throughout spring, you’ll reduce your air-conditioning bill and prevent water from entering your home and causing damage.

 

5) Basement or Crawlspace Maintenance 

The last thing you want during the rainy spring season is water damage. A few common signs of water entry include:

  • Mold or Moisture damage
  • Musty odors
  • Condensation on A/C ductwork, insulation or pipes
  • Buckled hardwood floors
  • Squeaking floor joists.

Crossroads Foundation Repair offers a 100% FREE interior or exterior waterproofing evaluation. Don’t delay – Click here to schedule yours today!

 

6) Dryer Vents

Did you know that dryers that on average there are around 14,630 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Cleaning lint and other debris from the dryer duct and vent can help prevent fires from occurring.

WARNING SIGNS:

  • Increased drying time
  • Clothing and machine increased temperatures
  • ANY type of burning smells

If you experience any of these ‘warning signs’ please stop and check your dryer.

 

7) Air Conditioner 

The LAST thing you want to do is wait until the heat really cranks up in the summer months to test your air conditioning unit. A few simple areas to make sure your A/C Unit is ready and running properly include:

  • Clear any vegetation around your AC compressor
  • Change interior filters
  • Check hoses for leaks
  • Clean the return grills

 

8) Landscaping

One of the most common items people miss is the preparation for your landscaping projects! Before you dive head first into all the items your spouse has on your honey-do list, make sure to change the engine oil and sharpen the cutting blade.

Next, walk around your house and trim back all the tree branches at least 5 feet away from your house. This will help keep moisture away from your house, roof, and siding. Any questions you have, we would be happy to help! Contact Us Now

 

Spring is an amazing time of the year. Taking the time now to examine your home and addressing issues in a timely manner will allow you to prevent larger, more expensive repairs in the future. We truly hope these 8 tips have helped you. Now the fun part begins: Winter is over and spring is here; enjoy this time with friends and family!

 


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