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Spring Maintenance Tips to Prevent Costly Repairs

Spring has arrived and with it the age-old ritual of spring cleaning.  As we emerge from winter’s gloomy embrace, the sunlight and warmth highlights issues we have ignored throughout the colder months.  Time to shake off the doldrums and emerge from our winter cocoons.  Here are a few spring maintenance tips that will save you from costly repairs down the road.

  • Clear downspouts and gutters of leaves and debris.  Ensure that downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation.  Repair any cracked, leaking, or insufficient drainage to maximize your gutter system’s efficiency and minimize water damage to your home’s foundation, basement, or crawl space.
  • Examine exterior trim for any exposed wood, loose nails, or worn caulking.  Address these problems before the spring rains come to prevent the wood from decomposing.
  • Your roof is arguably your home’s most valuable layer of protection against water damage.  Whether you have asphalt shingles or concrete tiles, inspect your roof each spring.  Look for loose shingles or tiles, damage to flashing, and insufficient caulking.  If necessary, do not hesitate to call a professional to complete these minor repairs before water damage becomes a major problem.
  • Replace HVAC filters.  Your HVAC system relies on a continues supply of fresh air.  Replacing dirty filters several times a year will ensure that your HVAC system is working at its maximum efficiency before the hot summer months arrive.
  • Clean your dryer vents.  Even though you routinely empty the dryer’s lint trap, not all lint gets trapped in it.  Some makes it way into the exterior venting pipes creating a significant fire hazard.  A plugged vent also causes your dryer to work harder and take longer to dry each load of clothes.
  • Clear your yard of debris.  The winter months with ice storms, high winds, and heavy snow can leave behind a lot of debris in our yards.  Branches, left over fall leaves, and dead plants can prevent essential sunlight and nutrients from reaching the roots of grass and bedding plants.

Keep in mind that spring rains often bring severe spring storms.  Make certain that your family has an updated emergency plan and that storm cellars and basements are easily accessible and ready to serve as a safe hideaway.

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