Here in Connecticut, we are all ready to welcome in spring weather. The period between winter and spring just so happens to be one of the most important times for home maintenance. Because of the rising temperatures and melting snow, it is important to learn how to make sure your home is safe from water infiltration, leaks, and further damage. Home maintenance takes time and energy, but it’s a worthwhile investment in your most valuable asset. Whether you’re a new or seasoned homeowner, now’s the time to consider these six tips and spring into action:
Inspect Gutters & Downspouts
Take some time to inspect your gutters and downspouts for damage and debris. Inspecting this will help prevent excess water from building up and creating expensive roof and foundation repairs.
Windows: Replace Caulk
Each spring, you should make it a habit to replace caulk around windows and doors. Extreme cold temperatures can cause cracks, which allow air and water to leak into your home. Take a few minutes to inspect and clean window screens, making sure that there are no cuts, rips or bent frames. Remember, if you see any condensation inside the glass on a double or triple paned window, your weather seal may be compromised, talk to a professional about your replacement or restoration options.
How's Wood Holding Up?
Inspect any wood decks, railings, or windowsills for rot. Over time, wood boards may become soft or splintered from water damage and need to be replaced. If you see any issues, write them down on a spare piece of paper so they will be handy if you decide to call in a home improvement company.
Check Your Roof
After a harsh winter, you should check your roof for damaged shingles, discoloration, and debris. We recommend that you do not climb up to your roof on your own, for your own safety. Instead, if you have them, take a pair of binoculars and start your inspection from the ground. Do you see any areas that need attention, like cracked or missing shingles? If you do, it's important that you call a professional to remedy the issue immediately. This is will ensure that your roof remains at peak performance for the upcoming spring season!
Is Your Exterior Siding In Good Shape?
Whether you have CT vinyl siding, stucco, brick, or wood siding, looking for trouble spots around your home is an important part of any spring maintenance check-up. Check for trouble spots around the eaves and gutters, any sort of opening within the siding itself, distorted areas, or any sort of damage. All damage that is found early could lead to an inexpensive fix instead of a full overhaul.
Clean Decks, Fences, Driveways
Spring is the time everyone will be outside so it's important that your exterior home decor looks presentable. Use a pressure washer to remove all dirt and residue that compiled over the winter. While cleaning, check for any damage that needs any repairing.