10 Maintenance Tips for Spring
Now that winter’s grip is close to breaking it will be time to take advantage of spring's bright sun, warm winds and longer daylight hours. All that extra sunshine will highlight your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and dead plants from the first hard Nebraska frost. We’ve put together a checklist to help homeowners target areas that need attention so you can get them taken care of fast and have time to enjoy the weather.
Examine your roof to see if any shingles were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof there’s no better time than now to start budgeting for a replacement or make sure your homeowner’s insurance is up to date and you’re covered for hail. Check for shingles that are cracked, loose, missing or damaged. Anyone in Omaha can tell you to watch for excessive granules nested in your driveway seams or near your downspouts as a sure sign of shingles that have been damaged by hail, along with summer’s scorching sun.
If you’re in doubt or don’t want to risk getting up on your roof we suggest calling a qualified roofing specialist to check it out. they know the signs of damage and will pay attention to areas that need special attention like flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys.
Check wood trim around doors, windows, decks and railings. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood that is prone to rot and insect damage.
Check for bent, loose or leaky gutters. If your gutters and downspouts aren’t in the proper position to drain water away from the house it can lead to water in the basement. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear of debris.
Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with topsoil, never use sand or potting soil as those types of filler are meant for retaining moisture—not draining. Spring rains can cause flooding, sometimes in your yard, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Leaving puddle or standing water in your yard can lead to more problems in the summer as they become a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
If you live in a home with a wood burning fireplace, examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep and don’t forget to close the damper because it will let summer’s heat into the house.
6) Sidewalk and Driveway
Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. These slabs should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill any cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk, we recommend Vulkem that you can purchase at almost any hardware store. If weather permits, power-wash and seal the concrete after it’s dried.
Winter’s gone so get it away from the house. All the dried wood and kindling is a buffet table for termites that will move into your homes structure if it hasn’t been treated. Firewood should be stored at off the ground and away from the house.
Check outside hydrants and faucets for freeze damage. To check, turn on the water and cover the opening with your thumb. If you can stop the flow of water, there’s possibly a pipe inside the home that was damaged from frozen water and will need to be replaced. If you didn’t keep your hose carts inside over the winter, check them for damage too.
9) Air Conditioner
Have a qualified heating and cooling specialist clean and service the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at its best. Change interior filters on a regular basis, it’s recommended that they be replaced every 90 days.
10) Yard Equipment
Check your gas and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make your yardwork easier.
Finally, kick back and relax. It’s outdoor entertainment season so now you can kick back, relax and enjoy it.