The flowers have started blooming and you probably have a spring cleaning list…here are a few important aspects to remember for spring home maintenance.
1. Roofing repairs: The winter wasn’t as rough to the Main Line area as it usually is, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to inspect your roof for any winter damage. Look for missing or loose shingles, examine the condition of the chimneys, and anyplace where the roof and walls intersect. Cleanup any buildup of leaves or other debris in your gutters. Important to note, that if the shingles have been damaged by wind or by impact from falling tree limbs, the damage may be covered by your homeowners insurance, call your insurance company to find out.
2. Clear yard debris: Clean up leaves, needles, small limbs and other material that has accumulated. Do any spring pruning that’s necessary. Remove and dispose of all dead plant material so it won’t become a fire hazard as it dries. Cleaning up yard debris is especially important if you plan on selling your home this spring.
3. Air conditioners: Check outdoor central air conditioning units for damage or debris buildup, and clean or replace any filters. Check the roof or wall caps where the fan ducts terminate to make sure they are undamaged and well sealed.
4. Check and adjust sprinklers: Sprinklers are supposed to water the grass and plants, not your sidewalk. So, run your sprinklers and watch where the water is hitting. Adjust or replace any sprinklers that are hitting your siding, washing out loose soil areas, or in any other way wetting areas on and around your house that shouldn’t be getting wet.
5. Change furnace filters: Replace furnace filters that have become clogged up with dust from the winter heating season. This is especially important if you have central air conditioning, or if you utilize your heating system’s fan to circulate air during the summer.
These are just a few of the basic spring maintenance steps that you can take to prepare your home for the warm and wet spring season.