Once spring has sprung, take some time to give your home a check-up along with its annual spring cleaning.
- Check the A.C.: Have a qualified HVAC contractor come out and give your air-conditioning system a tune-up.
- Roofs and gutters: The summer sun can quickly damage a roof's shingles. Call a contractor if you haven't inspected your roof in several years. Clean out the gutters and downspouts. Check gutters to be sure they are safely attached and haven't sprung any leaks. Make sure the downspouts are positioned to direct water away from the home's foundation.
- Right the foundation: Inspect the foundation around your house before the spring rains, and seal cracks or imperfections. Level low areas in the yard near the foundation by filling them with compacted soil. Tend to 'ponding' areas around the yard. Standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Seal the deck: If you have a deck, inspect the wood for stains, discolorations, or warping. If you find any, consider resealing the deck. Check for any sharp edges, splintered wood, rotting wood, rusting nails or any nails that are coming out or weakening their connections. And be sure to check the railings and stairs to make sure they are secure and not wobbly.
- Water heater: Look around the base of your water heater for evidence of leaks. The average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years. If water leakage or rust is found, the water heater should be replaced.
- Basement and attic: Check your attic for leaks from the roof. Inspect the underside of the roof and the insulation closely for any discoloration as the leaking water might have dried up. Check the basement walls, floor, and trim for water stains or signs of seepage. Make sure your sump pump is in good working order, and has a battery backup in place if necessary.
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