Spring Maintenance Checklist: Checking For Cold Weather Damage
Spring is just around the corner which means it’s almost time for spring cleaning. In addition to cleaning, you should also do some general maintenance after the last frost of the season. Cold temperatures, ice, and heavy snowfalls can be really hard on your home. Our spring maintenance checklist will help prevent damage and keep your home in great shape.
Whether you work a few minutes each day or set aside an entire weekend, a simple inspection can help you spot damage before it becomes an issue. It might just save you from water damage during the heavy spring rains, help prevent fire damage, and keep expensive heating, cooling, and plumbing systems running longer.
Replace your HVAC filters – something you should be doing every three months. Test your carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries to it is in proper working order. To get the longest life out of your furnace, air conditioner, and hot water heater, schedule a yearly maintenance with a professional HVAC company.
Check your attic for signs of mold, insects, rodents, and birds. Inspect your roof and insulation for water damage and wet spots. Make sure that your attic has good ventilation and vents are not obstructed in any way. Consider adding extra insulation to reduce heating and cooling bills.
Inspect your foundation and floors for signs of water damage. If moisture is only a minor issue, consider improving ventilation or using a dehumidifier. For larger issues, contact a professional water damage mitigation company. Look at woodwork for signs of insects and check masonry and concrete for cracking or deterioration. Contact professionals to address areas with significant damage.
Windows and Doors
Checks windows and doors to ensure they firmly seal. Replace weather stripping or apply putty or caulk as necessary to fill gaps or cracks. Remove storm windows and replace with screens. Patch or replace holes in window and door screens.
Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers
Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and test to ensure they are in proper working order. Check fire extinguishers to ensure they are in proper working order. Fire extinguishers are designed to last between 5 and 15 years, depending on the manufacturer. When in doubt, replace fire extinguishers and contact your local fire department for instructions on disposing of old units.
Give your pump a quick cleaning to remove build up and remove debris from the well to ensure proper drainage. When placing the pump back in the well, make sure that the float is working properly and not obstructed. If you don’t already have one, you may consider adding a battery backup to ensure the pump works during a power outage.
Gutters and Downspouts
Check gutters and downspouts connections and make sure they are clear of leaves, twigs, and debris that may cause backups and lead to water damage. Have downspouts drain away from the house whenever possible. Cleaning gutters on a single-story house is relatively easy, but you may consider hiring professional cleaners if you have a multi-story house.
Inspect your roof, shingles, flashing, eaves, overhangs, and soffits for signs of damage that could shorten the lifespan or lead to future water or storm damage. There is no need to climb up on the roof, a visual inspection from the ground is good enough. You can use binoculars or a camera with a zoom lens to get a better look. If possible, inspect the inside of the roof for signs of water. Contact a professional roofer to have minor damage repaired before it becomes a significant problem.
Check your chimney for signs of damage from the ground. Binoculars or a camera with a zoom lens may offer a better looks. If possible, inspect your chimney in the basement and attic for signs of damage or deterioration as well. A chalk-like powdery coating indicates that the mortar between bricks are absorbing water instead of protecting against it. For small areas, you can apply masonry sealer, but you should contact a professional for larger areas.
Examine exterior walls for damage, deterioration, or signs of water damage. Look for gaps in siding and cracks in brick and stucco that may allow insects, rodents, or birds to burrow through. Consider using a pressure washer to clean exterior surfaces. Paint, caulk, and seal worn areas to extend the lifespan of building materials.
Sprinklers and Irrigation Systems
Look at sprinkler heads and valves for damage and repair or replace as necessary. Turn on sprinkler systems and adjust sprinkler heads so they are evenly watering plants without creating pools or spraying your house. Replace worn or damaged irrigation lines and hoses.
Inspect driveways and paths
Check asphalt or concrete driveways and sidewalks for cracks, especially along the foundation. You can maintain Small cracks with a sealer, but large cracks should be professionally repaired.