Good Bye Winter – Hello Spring 

Now that Spring has finally arrived, it is time to get your home ready for summer. First, put away all the winter snow shovels, sand and salt. If you have a snowblower, drain the fuel or add a stabilizer, check, and clean the engine. Check out the lawnmower, get a tune-up every two years. Get the blade sharpened and change the oil. 

Inspection

Maintaining the outside of your home must be your top priority. If water gets in your home, it can cause mould, rot, indoor air quality problems and costly repairs. Never start any indoor renovations until the outside is waterproof. 

Inspect the exterior of your home. Take a notebook and check the following areas: 

  • Look for any cracks in the concrete
  • Check the driveway for damage. Freezing, and thawing are rough on concrete and asphalt 
  • Look at the roof from as many angles as you can, see if the roof shows any for signs of loose, broken, or missing shingles
  • Look up at the chimney for any cracks or missing bricks
  • Inspect the dryer vent to ensure there is no build-up of lint which is a fire hazard
  • Look up at the eavestrough to make sure they get not leaking  
  • Ensure that the downspouts are moving the water away from the house
  • Check that the deck and hand railing is safe, also check for loose steps 
  • Check the outside water taps and turn them on from the inside 
  • Remove the cover of the pool and check for any damage
  • Inspect the caulking around all windows and doors 
  • Check the sprinkler and irrigation systems 
  • Check screen doors and window for any holes or rips

Spring Projects

You or your friends can complete many outdoor spring maintenance projects. Others will require the help of professionals.

Do it Yourself Projects

  • Clean eavestroughs and check for leaks
  • Paint small areas 
  • Clean the patio and deck 
  • Spray the deck down with water, wait 10 minutes, scrub it with a broom and respray it. Let the wood dry for a few days and then stain and seal it
  • To prepare the pool, treat the water, check all valves and filters
  • Remove any standing water to keep mosquitoes away from your family
  • Check the sprinklers or irrigation systems. Turn on the water check for broken or damaged heads and aim them accurately

Professional Projects

A professional contractor is best to handle the following larger projects:

  • Air-conditioning service
  • Annual septic tank inspection
  • Yearly dryer exhaust cleaning
  • Roofing repairs or replacement
  • Major house painting projects
  • Pool service when there are any problems
  • For siding, masonry, or chimney damage
  • Driveway repairs or replacement

 

Ready for Summer         

Spring is the time to check that our long winters have not damaged your home. Keep your Maintenance Check List up to date and keep track of the tasks. By inspecting the house and then doing or arranging for the required maintenance, you will be able to sit back and enjoy a great summer.