Make your Home Spring-Ready

Here are some tips to get your home ready for Spring as we start to thaw:

  • As the snow and ice finally melt, check along the foundations for any cracks or signs of damage. Small cracks and fissures can let in quite a bit of water.

  • Check your sump pumps for proper operation. Ensuring they work now will ensure they will work as the snow melts and water tables rise.

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  • Check inside your basement for any cracks or suspicious discolorations. Water and moisture can lead to mold.

  • Check the house for small leaks in the plumbing.  Turn off all faucets and check the water meter, if it advances at all, you have a leak somewhere.

  • Check drive and walk ways for cracks and loose materials. Clear out cracks with a leaf blower and fill cracks with a color matched product suitable for the surface you're working on. Cracks to big for a DIY fix then it's time to call in the pros.

  • Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

  • Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.

  • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.

  • From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.

  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

  • Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.

  • Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.

  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

  • Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yardwork easier.

Need help getting started on any or all of this?  Give Mitch a call and we will be able to ensure your home is spring-ready.


 

Mitchell P. Harris has over 30 years experience in all aspects of construction and real estate.  He has decided to bundle all of his experience and knowledge and become the “Property Manager” for the home owner.  Find out more at  www.expertsofhome.com or call 908-346-1111.

Experts of H.O.M.E. (Houses, Ownership, Maintenance & Efficiency) - Since 1983

30 Years of Real Estate & Construction, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Black Seal, CPO, General Contractor

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