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Spring Home Maintenance Check List

Spring Home Maintenance Check List

Winter weather can damage a house in big ways and in small ways. From animals nesting in vents, to leaves that have accumulated in the gutter, to moisture that can accumulate around a house’s foundation, there is a lot to check for when the weather turns warm. This list of home maintenance tasks to perform in spring is not exhaustive, but it hits the places that most likely were beaten on by weather. I have not addressed electrical systems in this article; call a licensed electrician to inspect your electrical system.

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Give Your Roof a Spring Check Up: According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, these are the parts of your roof that you should inspect in spring and fall. While they recommend hiring a roofing contractor, if you are very cautious about safety, it is possible to do a roof inspection yourself. You’ll need to clean your gutters, since debris may have accumulated in them over the winter, and they need to be clear for summer rain storms. Check for missing shingles or for warping, peeling, discoloration and mold on shingles. Inspect around chimneys and pipes for any gaps in the flashing, or rust spots. Check that no animals have nested in your chimney or pipes. They also recommend checking interior walls for water damage, as well as ceilings. Water damage could be related to a leaky roof.

Check Your Outdoor Concrete for Cracks: Check your concrete foundation for cracks. While small cracks are normal, large horizontal cracks or cracks that are wider at the bottom than at the top are signs that your foundation might need to be repaired. Make sure that no water is accumulating around your foundation, and that all drain pipes direct away from it. Check concrete stairs and walkways for signs of damage or rotting, and check for cracks in driveways and sidewalks. Test the railings that are set in concrete steps to ensure that they are stable.

Tune Up Your HVAC System: Climate Makers, a Virginia Beach HVAC contractor, suggests a 40 point spring HVAC tune up and check up. Included on their list is measuring operating pressures, checking controls, and cleaning condenser coils. It’s also a good idea to install animal-proof vent closures on your outdoor vents to prevent animals, like mice, from entering your house through your vents.

Inspect and Repair Your Deck: Read our guide on how to clean a deck for detailed instructions. Also read our guide on preparing your deck for summer.

Assorted Other Spring Maintenance Projects: The sky is the limit when it comes to maintaining your house, but here are a few other tasks that make sense to do in the spring: Check window screens for rips; clean storm windows and screens; replace storm windows with window screens; sweep and dust your screened-in porch; uncover, clean, and repair outdoor furniture; turn the compost; inspect exterior paint for peeling spot or bubbles; touch up exterior paint; install awnings to shade your house from summer sun; prune hedges and pull weeds; tune up the lawnmower; mow the lawn; and don’t forget the spring cleaning.

Are you exhausted just reading this list? Please share your tips for spring home maintenance in the comments.

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Chaya Kurtz writes for Networx.com.

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10:52PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Great information, very helpful thanks for sharing.
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1:59AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Nice read! It is really very essential to keep the roofs fit and maintained as roof is the most important or we can say it is the base of a house. Regular checkups and inspections are required to check the roofing condition as if it is having cracks or leakage. If yes then instant roof repairs is required. But before doing repairs it is essential to hire skilled roofing contractors.

9:34PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

The article from Networx was especially useful.

8:39PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Very good information. I need to clean my deck and always hate that job.

1:52PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

thanks

10:25AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

I'll let my landlord know!

5:12AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

thanks

10:20PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Tired just from reading it; but necessary.

8:08PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thanks.

6:08PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

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