Spring arrives with a warm welcome. Thus, now is the perfect time for some spring foundation repair and other home improvements. Additionally, it’s also time to conduct some home maintenance that will help you avoid big repair bills later on. Start with these eight tasks to get your home in good shape.
Inspect Your Roof
Winter can be hard on your roof. Because of this, 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. However, 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.
Clean Your Gutters
Is This a Good Time for Spring Foundation Repair?
Winter months, in particular, can be brutal on your home’s foundation. As a result, 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
Check Seals around Windows and Doors
Similarly, winter weather can crack and harden caulk and other weather seals. As a rule, inspect these and repair or replace them as needed. Not only will it make your home look fantastic throughout spring, but you’ll also reduce your air-conditioning bill and prevent water from entering your home and causing damage.
Basement, Crawlspace Maintenance, and Foundation Repair in Spring
The last thing you want during the rainy spring season is water damage. In brief, here are a few common signs of water entry:
- Mold or Moisture damage
- Musty odors
- Condensation on A/C ductwork, insulation or pipes
- Buckled hardwood floors
- Squeaking floor joists.
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? Because of this, cleaning lint and other debris from the dryer duct and vent can help prevent fires from occurring.
- 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.
Additionally, the last thing you want to do is wait until the heat cranks up in the summer months to test your air conditioning unit. Therefore, you can check 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
Spring Foundation Repair and Landscaping
Finally, one of the most common items people miss is the preparation for your landscaping projects! Before you dive headfirst 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. As a result, this will help keep moisture away from your house, roof, and siding. Any questions you have, we would be happy to help!
In conclusion, this is an amazing time of the year and a great time for spring foundation repair. Additionally, taking the time now to examine your home and addressing issues promptly will allow you to prevent larger, more expensive repairs in the future. Again, 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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