It’s Spring Home Maintenance time! As the days begin warming, an exterior and interior check around your home is smart prevention for potential problems. In between exercising and playing with your kids, Spring opens the perfect opportunity to have your air conditioning and other mechanical systems checked by a home maintenance professional. However, some spring home maintenance tasks may be accomplished by you! Here are a few suggestions to add to your “check list”.
Check for loose gutters, downspouts, shingles and siding, or cracks in the sidewalk and driveway that need repair and cleaning. If shingles are missing, curling, broken or cracked they should be replaced.
Gutters should be cleaned in the spring and again in the fall. Leaves and twigs clogging your gutters will prevent rain from draining properly. While cleaning your gutters, check for holes or rust and make sure they are securely attached to the house.
Shrubs & Trees
Prune trees and bushes as necessary and remove accumulated leaves and debris. Pruning removes deadwood, improves shape and maintains the plants health.
Decks & Patios
Test your deck for any boards or railings that need replacing. Take the time to examine all the wood carefully to see if any boards are rotten. Walk around your deck and listen for squeaks. Try to feel for soft spots or sagging areas.
Inside the house check the pipes in the kitchen and baths for water leaks. Catching a leak before it does real damage to the cabinet is just good home maintenance. Repair any dripping faucets or tubs. Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function.
Check your sump pump for proper operation. A yearly cleaning is recommended before the rainy season hits. If you spot an oily film on the surface of the water in your sump pump, verify the condition of the oil seal. The appearance of oil may indicate a faulty oil seal which could cause the motor to burn out in the pump.
Inspect and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Batteries weaken with age and should be checked regularly and replaced generally once a year.
Give your kitchen range, hood and oven area a good cleaning to remove all built-up grease to prevent fires.
Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer.
Check around the bottom of your water heater to make sure there are no leaks or rusting.
If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
Hope all of you enjoy our south Georgia spring weather…won’t be long before Summer!
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