Now that spring is finally here and the cold is behind us, it’s time to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Take the time to inspect your home’s exterior to make sure it is properly sealed and ready for the spring showers. Our experts here at ServiceMaster Advantage put together the following list of maintenance tips to help you avoid water damage and enjoy the season!
Remove Gutter Clutter
Winter can cause some serious backup in your gutter system. Make sure it’s ready to handle the upcoming spring showers to avoid potential water damage.
- Remove any leaves, twigs or other substances. Any debris stuck in the gutters can cause an overflow.
- Inspect the gutters for leakage, holes or other damage.
- Angle downspouts away from your home’s foundation and into a storm drain, if possible.
Look for Critters
When the temperature drops in the cooler months, bugs and critters often look for a shelter somewhere warm. Avoid structural damage by checking your house for critters.
- Inspect for openings around the perimeter of your crawl space, basement and attic.
- If you find any openings, seal them up to prevent any critters from making their way into your home.
Inspect your heating and air conditioning units to ensure they are still in good working order.
- Change your air filters. It’s likely that they have collected dust and other particulates during the cooler months.
- Dust the vents to trap any allergens.
- It also might be time to schedule a professional air duct cleaning service.
Roofs, Windows & Doors
Pay close attention to your roof, windows and doors this season, as those areas are most likely to let rainwater in.
- Check for air leakage around your windows and doors. Seal any gaps you find with weather stripping or caulking to ensure no cool air-conditioned air escapes.
- Inspect your roof for any damage. Remove debris and repair missing shingles.
- Ensure your roof is airtight to avoid storm damage this spring.
Test Sump Pump
Your sump pump probably worked hard throughout this past winter. Make sure it’s still in working order before the spring showers hit.
- Clear out debris from the sump pit and look for damage.
- Test the pump by pouring five gallons of water slowly into the pit.
- If your sump pump doesn’t remove the water, you may have a clog.
Check the Deck
Temperature changes, moisture and mold can take a toll on your deck during the cooler months. Wooden decking boards can become weak, shrink or expand over time.
- Clean off any dirt and debris.
- Use a brush and wood cleaner to gently scrub off stuck-on grime.
- After it dries, apply a sealer to stain to repel moisture from the spring rains.
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