is the Perfect Time for Spring Home Maintenance
Spring is officially here, and there’s no time like the present to handle some spring home maintenance projects. It’s also a great time to remember the old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By spending a little bit of time and money now, you could be saving yourself a lot of headaches, not to mention tremendous financial issues come summer time.
Use this checklist
before you kick back to enjoy those sunny days.
Grill safety. Before you fire up the grill, it’s a good idea to give it a good cleaning, as well as check for potential gas leaks that could spark a fire. Spotting a leak is as simple as mixing together soap and water, applying it to the gas hose and connection points, and watching for bubbles when you open the gas supply. Give your burners a check too to make sure insects and debris haven’t settled in, which could cause a flashback fire.
Inspect your windows and trim. Take a moment to clean your windows, and use this time to inspect for any leaks. Do this by taking a screwdriver and probing around the wood trim; fill in any gaps with the appropriate caulk.
Painting exterior siding or trim. Over time, exterior paint on wood siding and wood trim will begin to chip. The lower humidity and cool temperatures make this time of year a perfect time to paint these areas before it gets too hot, giving your home a fresh, new look for spring and summer.
Keep your gutters and downspouts clear. Gutters and downspouts can easily become clogged with organic debris such as leaves and tree limbs. It’s important to keep gutters clean to avoid clogging that prevents rain from being carried away from your home. If your gutter is damaged, now might be a good time to replace it with a gutter guard system that permanently alleviates debris from collecting.
Replace filter furnaces. According to the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency, you should be checking your filter every month, particularly during months of heavy use, which are the winter and the summer. So, with summer looming, be sure to take a look. If the filter looks dirty, change it. Do not use filters longer than three months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and increase your energy costs. To help you remember to replace your filters, consider using a filter subscription service.
Check the weatherstripping on your doors. Over time, weatherstripping (on the bottom of
your exterior doors) will dry out and deteriorate leaving a gap for air.
Replacing the weatherstrip is an easy DIY project. Simply remove it by pulling
it out, then cut a new piece to length, and insert it in the groove. If you opt
to weather strip your entire house, it might time to call in a pro.
Inspect outdoor seating areas. It’s easy to forget about checking your deck, porch, or
patio, especially when it hasn’t been in use all winter long. Give them all a
detailed inspection, looking for loose, warped, or rotten boards, loose
railings, and uneven or crumbling stairs. Keep in mind that decks that are
exposed to the elements, as well as any wood fencing or railings, need to be
treated every 4-6 years. A fresh coat of stain and sealant will create a
protective barrier too.
Feed your yard. It may seem like your lawn has stopped growing, but the truth is, now is the best time to reseed and feed your lawn. Rent a core aerator at a local hardware store, and plant seed immediately following the aeration. This, combined with a good fertilizer, will ensure you have a lush, green turf.
Finished with your list? Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the efforts of your labor on your newly stained deck while you wait for those burgers to come off the grill.
Article courtesy of:
Bret Engle | DiyGuys.net