Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Home’s Exterior
When nice weather is on the horizon, the last thing anyone needs is to deal with major damage to the exterior of their home. Keeping up with maintenance will save any homeowner time and money in the long run, so it’s important to stay on top of things. To help you get started on a routine for exterior upkeep come spring, here are a list of general maintenance measures to ensure your home is in good shape.
- Inspect Gutters and Downspouts: Gutter systems ensure that rainwater drains away from the home. When the system is clogged with leaves and debris, especially after a storm, it’s unable to perform its main function efficiently. Clearing this debris from the gutter system guarantees that excess water doesn’t overflow and damage the sides of your home or to the homes foundation.
- Pressure Wash Patios, Decks, Steps, Outdoor Furniture, and Siding: Anything left outside is of course prone to wear, but mold, mildew, and even bird droppings can damage the exterior (and, if it’s bad enough, the interior) integrity of your home. By pressure washing, you’ll be able to remove these irritants and prevent damage. If left uncleaned, these issues can lead to bigger problems such as rot which would allow mold and mildew to eventually seep into the interior of your and home potentially risking the health of you and your family.
- Inspect Roof and Siding: Missing or damaged shingles and siding panels allow water to seep into your homes framing which can lead to water damage and rot and invite mold and mildew into your home. Taking note of any protruding nails on your roof can save you the trouble of needing new shingles, or in extreme cases, an entirely new roof.
- Clear Debris and Wash Windows, Foundation Vents, and Window Wells: As with other home exterior features, windows, foundation vents,and window wells are the perfect place for mold, mildew, and pests to cling to and enter your home. Clearing leaves and other debris from these areas, particularly foundation vents and window wells where things tend to sit and collect, will help prevent damage and keep out harmful fungal growth. Additionally, making sure that windows, interior but more importantly the outer, prevents growth and debris from eating away at the caulking and weather stripping that helps keep the window sealed. A handmade or store-bought window cleaner will suffice for general cleaning.
- Trim Back Trees and Shrubs: With spring comes, of course spring showers. During stronger storms, it’s imperative that any trees or shrubs that surround theimmediate area of the home are cut back, so they are less likely to damage your siding, windows, or roof.
- Inspect Lawn Maintenance Equipment. The last thing anyone needs when heading out to do yardwork is to find out that their lawnmower or other maintenance equipment aren’t working properly. To get you through the season, make sure to check your equipment beforehand to prevent such situations