Getting your home ready with spring maintenance

We all know the time-honoured tradition of spring cleaning but while we are all focused on getting the inside of our homes ready for warmer weather, we should also venture outside and check the exterior of our homes.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters can quickly become clogged with dead leaves and other organic matter during the colder months and if left dirty they can lead to water damage after the first spring showers.

While you are cleaning the gutters check that they are all in good condition and that the water is easily diverted to the downspouts. Double-check that downspouts are also leading the water away from your home’s foundation and that it is not pooling anywhere.

This can lead to water damage, which left untreated could cause structural damage.

Reseal woodwork

If you have any woodwork outside like a deck or cladding, make sure you reseal the wood to withstand the hot summer sun. Ideally, woodwork should be resealed every two years to ensure longevity – if there is any damage that needs to be repaired, now would be a good time to do so.

Inspect the roof

Look for missing shingles, metal pipes that are damaged or missing or anything that simply doesn’t look right. If you notice anything that needs closer inspection or repair, call a roofer. If you have a chimney, now is the time to get it cleaned as well.

Check your driveway and concrete areas

Cold weather can actually be quite harsh on concrete and bricks, walk around your driveway or any other area that has concrete or bricks and check for damage.

Check Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems

Checking your sprinklers or irrigation systems in the spring can save water – and save your plants.

Tips for checking your watering system:

  • Run the system through all the zones manually and walk the property.
  • Make sure none of the heads are broken or damaged.
  • Adjust any heads that are spraying the house, especially windows, as this can cause moisture problems.
  • Adjust heads that are spraying the street or sidewalk to avoid wasting water.
  • If you don’t know how to maintain your sprinkler system, call a professional to do it. You’ll save money on your water bill and protect one of our most valuable natural resources.

Prevent mosquitoes

The best way to prevent mosquitoes around your home is simply by getting rid of any standing water. Walk around your property and check for anything or any area where water stands, fix it, tip it, get rid of it, or maintain it regularly.

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