6 Home Maintenance Essentials for Spring

Spring is the perfect time to get a few home maintenance essentials done. The weather is more agreeable and you can take your time to inspect every area of the home and property. Below are six of the areas you should concentrate on now that winter has gone away.

Roof and Eaves

An average winter can do a little damage to the roof and eaves. You should check that all shingles are intact, there are no leaves and no parts of the eaves are missing, or separated from the others. The eaves and down spouts provide a way to move water from the roof to a drainage area. Make sure they are free of leaves and other debris.

Windows, Screens and Sills

Spring weather can be nice, but there will be times that are stormy and rainy. making sure that the windows do not leak is critical to keeping the moisture outside. Leaking windows and sills will allow water intrusion that can lead to problems with mold and interior water damage. Missing screens mean you will not be able to open windows and enjoy the warm weather days without letting in flies, mosquitoes and gnats.

Clean the Garage and Storage Building

The garage and outdoor storage units can become cluttered with unused items over the course of the cooler months. It seems like a good idea at the time to put them where they cannot be seen. The warm spring days are perfect for airing everything out and determining what to keep, or what to toss out.

Check All Lawn and Garden Equipment

Do not wait until the last minute to discover that the lawn mower won’t start, or that the weed eater is on the fritz. Pull out any of your gardening tools and inspect them for rust and damage. Make sure the hoses are free of leaks.

Outdoor Pest Control

Begin making plans for outdoor activities by ensuring the yard is free of bee, or wasp nests, ants and set aside traps for flies and mosquitoes. Keep items turned over, such as old planters, that can retain water. Mosquitoes can and will breed in small pools of sitting water.

Clean the HVAC Unit

The evaporator and condenser coils for your HVAC unit should be cleaned twice a year. This is typically done before extreme temperature changes during the spring and fall seasons. It only takes a couple of hours to do and will help you save on breakdowns, repairs and the energy bill.

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