Spring is a perfect time to do a thorough spring cleaning and perform home maintenance! Diving into your Spring Maintenance Checklist will ensure you that your systems and appliances run smoothly all year-long. Cleaning and maintaining your home should be done indoors and outdoors.
Although the tasks are varied, ensuring all the components of your home are in good working condition can help keep your family secure and your maintenance expenses lower over the long run. It is a great idea to spend time on preventive measures to help maintain your home and property throughout the year. Cleaning out your gutters, checking for dead trees and branches, cleaning and examining home mechanical systems like your boiler heater, can make spring a season of safety.
Too many homeowners think that spring cleaning is all about cleaning. But spring cleaning should also include a bit of maintenance focused on improving the life of various structures, appliances, and systems within the home as well. Nearly all homeowners love to see streak-free windows for that first sunny, 70-degree day, but you can’t forget your roof and the possibility that issues may have developed over the winter.
You can perform these simple maintenance jobs to repel any possible moisture problems, prevent costly repairs, and pave the way for a trouble-free summer.
Examine your Roof
The most common types of roofing material for homes in California are asphalt shingles, wood shingles, clay, and concrete tile. But after the winter season, regardless of the material your roof is made of, you should examine your roof to ensure that nothing has been damaged during the winter. Your roof is the first line of defense against water damage, and any delay in repairing spots on your roof that need fixing could cause more significant problems the next time a storm hits. If your home has an older roof covering that is starting to look worn, you may want to consider replacing it.
Examine your Gutters and Drains
During the roof inspection, it is an excellent idea to examine your rain gutters. Remove leaves and dirt to ensure that your water won’t be backed up when it rains. Gutters drive the rain off from your roof and home, guarding both in the process. However, clogged gutters open your home to water damage, and there is a big possibility that you will not notice the problem until you need an expensive repair.
Examine the Concrete
Examine the concrete slabs for any indications of cracks. Fill the cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete to fill any gaps or cracks correctly.
Check your Faucets
Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your finger over the opening. If you can obstruct the flow of water, it is possible that the pipe inside the home is broken and may need to be replaced and will need to be replaced. Also, you should also check the garden hose for dry rot.
Check Power Equipment
Check your gas and battery powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make it easier to complete your yard work, improve the look of your lawn, and will lengthen the life of the mower.
Examine Walkways and Driveways
Fix any cracks and damaged or bumpy surfaces to provide a safe and harmless walking area.
Probe the Wood Trim
Use a screwdriver to examine the wood trim throughout the windows, doors, railings, and decks. Perform repairs now before the spring rains create more damage to the exposed wood.
Drain your Water Heater
Sediment builds up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it. By doing so, you will lengthen its life and lower your electric bill.
Spring comes with a warm welcome. For those who’ve been trapped inside their homes avoiding the cold, this is the chance to rediscover the outside world. It’s also time to conduct some home maintenance that will help you avoid big problems later on. Doing a little home maintenance in the spring can go a long way in keeping your home safe and secure throughout the rest of the year. Give Caccia Plumbing Inc. a call at (650) 376-6800, and get assistance throughout the spring season.