Is Your Home Ready for Spring?

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Something about spring’s warmer air and cleansing rain brings about a cleaning spree in many people. As we open our windows to let in fresh air and as lush plant life begins to play peek-a-boo in our garden beds, many folks decide to give their home interior,  home exterior, and yard some needed TLC. While going about your cleaning, take advantage of this perfect opportunity to check for defects and areas needing repair.

Here are some ideas of what to look for:

 

Roof

-Look for loose, damaged, or missing shingles

-Clean gutters, strainers, and downspouts. Make sure downspouts are diverting water away from the foundation

-Check attic for signs of leaks/moisture

-Trim tree limbs or other vegetation away from the roof

-Check fascia (a wooden board that covers the ends of rafters), soffit (bridges the gap between a home’s siding and the roof line, also called eaves), and flashing (a strip of metal used to stop water from penetrating the junction of a roof with another surface) for damage or signs of deterioration

 

Home Exterior & Foundation

-Trim tree limbs or other vegetation away from structure

-Inspect decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for damage or signs of deterioration

-Check basement or crawlspace for signs of leaks/moisture

-Inspect chimney for loose, missing, or deteriorated bricks and mortar

-Check foundation walls and flooring for deterioration, cracking, and efflorescence

 

Home Interior

-Check ceilings and windows for signs of leaks/moisture

-Check caulking around toilets, tubs and showers, and sinks

-Inspect stairs and railings for loose sections

-Verify smoke detectors and CO2 detectors are functioning properly

 

Doors/Windows

-Check all window and door hardware

-Check for broken glass and damaged screens

-Check weather stripping

-Look for loose or missing glazing putty

-Look for signs of damage or deterioration due to moisture

 

 

HVAC

-Clean or change filters

-Listen for unusual noises

-Check and know the location of all shut-off valves

-Have system serviced annually

 

 

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