After a long, gloomy winter, spring's bright skies and warm weather are a breath of fresh air. It's the perfect time to get outside and inspect the exterior of your home for any problems and make necessary repairs. By inspecting your home's exterior in the spring, it's easier to catch issues before they become major problems. This way, you'll have a lot more time for fun and relaxation in the summer.
Examine your roof to see if any of your shingles were lost or damaged during the winter. The hot summer sun can wreak havoc on roof shingles, so it's important to have any missing or damaged shingle replaced as soon as possible. If your roof is older, consider contacting a local roofing company (such as GBS Enterprises Roofing) to have the roof replaced, or at least re-shingled. You can also have your roof inspected by professional roofer to make sure there aren't any buckled or loose shingles and that the flashing around any skylights, plumbing vents, and chimney are in good shape.
Check your hose faucets for any freeze damage by turning the water on, and placing your thumb over the opening. If you can stop the water completely with your thumb, it's likely that the pipe running to that faucet is damaged. You should call a plumber to inspect it further. Also, when you're finished checking the faucet, check your hose for dry rot.
If water isn't draining off your roof and away from your home properly, you could end up with a flooded yard, crawl space, or basement. To make sure your gutters are in good shape, you need to:
- Clean the gutters.
- Flush out any debris caught in the downspouts.
- Make sure the gutters are attached to your home tightly.
- Spray water through your gutters and downspouts using your hose to check for any leaks.
Examine your yard for any low areas. Spring rains can cause your yard to flood, so you'll need to add soil or sod to low areas, especially any low areas near the foundation of your home, to prevent water from pooling. In addition to flooding, when water collects in low areas of your lawn, it often becomes a breeding ground for insects in the summer.
Your spring cleaning checklist should include the outside of your home, as well as the inside. By taking the time to make simple repairs and perform routine inspections on the outside of your home in the spring, problems can be resolved quickly, saving you a lot of time and money.