Spring home care tips

man on ladder cleaning gutters

Spring has sprung! And while we’re happy to see winter go, it may have left some damage in its tracks. Winter can be tough on your home’s exterior, so now is the perfect time to head outside and do some damage control or preventative maintenance.

Clean your gutters. Poor drainage can cause water damage to your home. Clear your gutters and downspouts of debris, and check for any that are loose or leaking. You also want to ensure all downspouts are facing away from your home’s foundation.

Inspect your roof. Look for missing or damaged shingles, rusted flashing or cracked caulk on vents. A good pair of binoculars is a great substitute for standing on a ladder if you’re disinclined to climb.

Check your seals. Inspect the seals around your windows and doors for any that are loose, hardened or cracked. Repairing the seals will help prevent water from seeping inside your home and make it more energy efficient as you keep it cool during the hot summer months.

Trim trees and bushes. If you did this in the fall, you may not need to do it until later in the spring, but it’s easiest to do before vegetation gets thick. When vegetation touches your house, it can transfer moisture to your roof and siding, which can be problematic. It can also provide rodents and insects easier access to your interior.

Fill in cracks. Check your driveway and sidewalks for cracks or shifting, and fill in any cracks with concrete filler or silicone caulk. It’s also a good idea to power wash and seal the concrete.

Repair or replace missing paint and shingles. Exposed wood can become moist and begin to rot, which can lead to a host of issues, including leaks, mold, mildew and insect infestation.

A little spring maintenance will go a long way to help ensure your home is in optimal condition for the rest of the year. Now, go enjoy the spring weather!

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