While spring cleaning may be the first thing we think about when the weather turns warmer, be sure to save some energy for spring home maintenance. The following is a short checklist of tasks that every homeowner should complete once the buds start blooming!
AC and Furnace
After a long winter, your furnace probably needs some attention. The same goes for your AC (even though it was likely off all winter). Check all connections, change the furnace filter, and clear any debris that may have collected around the vent. Clear off any ice and debris around the AC before you turn it on for the summer. If necessary, have both inspected and serviced.
Winter can be especially hard on the out of sight, out of mind areas of our homes. Check your attic for leaks or water damage caused by freezing and expansion, assess the condition of your insulation, and keep an eye out for any animal nests or points of entry for pests.
Clean Out the Fireplace and Chimney
If your home has a fireplace, and especially if you’ve used it over the winter, make sure it’s clean and safe come springtime. Professional help can provide a thorough inspection.
Inspect your basement for cracks in the floors, walls, and foundation, and watch for moisture (especially around windows and existing cracks) during the spring melt. If you notice moisture, take the time to inspect for mold as well. Check the sump pump before the spring melt puts it to work.
Roof and Gutters
With wind, sleet and snow, and freezing and expanding, a roof takes serious abuse over the winter. Each spring, check your roof for damage to the shingles (curling, buckling, or tearing) and flashing, and inspect for obvious leaks. As for the gutters, clear out any accumulated leaves, asphalt granules, and debris from both the gutters and downspouts to prevent pooling water and leaks.
Inspect for cracks in foundation walls, or grades in the landscaping that drain water toward and against the foundation.
Check your lawn’s sprinkler system for exposed lines, leaking valves, or malfunctioning sprinkler heads. Watch for areas where water pools or soil becomes overly saturated when you run the sprinklers.
Most of these tasks can be accomplished by any homeowner, but some signs of damage can remain hidden—which is where professional inspections can save homeowners time, money, and energy. Sherlock Home Inspectors offer comprehensive home inspections from top to bottom, including the surrounding areas of your home. For a healthier home and greater peace of mind, contact us today at 712-274-9617 or visit us online to find out more!