With spring around the corner and the temps starting to get warmer (let’s hope that is sooner rather than later), here are some items to look for when you’re starting to do things around your home.
Check Your Outdoor Spicket– The first time that you turn your outdoor spicket on, make sure that it didn’t bust over the winter months. You will only notice this in your basement if it did bust. Water will not come out of the hose, but rather into your basement.
Gutter Maintenance– Be sure to clean your gutters again, items can get into them, clog them up, and then that water running off your roof can pool into the gutter, and one of two things will happen. One, it can start to seep into the walls of your home, or it can start to weigh too much damage to your fascia, and eventually fall completely off your home. What is a fascia you ask? A fascia is an architectural term for a vertical frieze or band under a roof edge.
Also while on gutters, make sure that your downspouts are free of any debris and water is flowing away from the home.
Clean Your Duct Work– It could also be a good time to get your duct work cleaned out for your heating and air conditioning system. By cleaning your duct work you will be living in a cleaner environment, reducing allergens and irritants, you will remove unpleasant smells and odors, and last but not least you will be improving the air flow efficiency.
Deck/Dock Maintenance– On decks and docks, make sure you have no loose boards or missing fasteners, hardware, or bolts. Freezing temps can cause havoc on decks and docks.
Clean Your Roof– Have your roof and cleaned. The discoloration on your roof is caused by algae that feeds off of limestone in in your asphalt roof shingles. This can certainly affect the lifespan of your roof shingles.
Clean Your Siding– Many homeowners live under the impression that the only way to clean vinyl is with a pressure washer, and in turn they live within dirty walls. While a pressure washer can be the simplest solution, it’s not necessarily the most effective, or the most reasonable. You can always use water, vinegar and a brush to clean your siding by hand. Cleaning your siding helps to protect your house from different contaminants. These are not only harmful on the outside of your house but can be just as harmful on the inside.