spring home maintenanceWinter can be a bit harsh, which is why it’s a good idea to do some maintenance on your home once the cold weather begins to recede. Odds are, your house has experienced a bit of wear and tear due to exposure to the snow and other elements, after all. The following are a few home maintenance tasks that you should do this spring:

 

  • Check your roof for damage – Considering all of the snow, ice and possibly even hail that your roof may have endured throughout the winter, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof for damage. Loose, broken or missing shingles should be replaced to prevent potential leaks and to prevent additional damage to your roof system.

 

  • Check your gutter system – The weight of any snow that built up in your gutters over the winter may have caused them to separate from the house. Check your gutters to make sure that they aren’t loose. Be on the lookout for any leaks as well. Gutters that leak may have difficulty draining rainwater safely away from your home’s foundation.

 

  • Have your air conditioner inspected – It may not be warm enough to need your air conditioner just yet, but it will be a matter of months before summer arrives. You’ll want to make sure that your air conditioner will work properly once it gets warm enough to use it, so be sure to schedule an inspection at some point during the spring. An inspection will reveal any issues or potential problems that need to be fixed, thereby ensuring that your air conditioner will run effectively and efficiently.

 

  • Inspect your hose faucets – You’re likely to use your hose during the spring to water your plants or to wash your car, so make sure your hose faucets are in good shape. Turn the water on and block the opening using your finger or thumb. If you’re able to block the flow of water, there’s a good chance that there’s a damaged pipe within your home that needs to be replaced.

 

  • Clean your decks and driveway – If you can, use a power washer to perform a thorough cleaning of your decks and driveway. They’re likely to be quite dirty after being covered by a season’s worth of snowfall and slush.

 

Spring is the perfect time to do a little bit of maintenance. Use these spring home maintenance tips to make sure your home is in good shape.