Home maintenance is an ongoing task that homeowners will work to keep up with throughout the year. However, each season brings with it a different set of home maintenance needs. Whether you’re weatherizing before the winter or cleaning up after the thaw, each task is important in order to keep your home running smoothly. But, for a new home owner, it may not be clear which tasks need to be done as each season comes and goes.
Thankfully, there are plenty of tips to maintain your home once spring rolls around. Spring home maintenance is all about cleaning up after winter and making sure to repair any damage that the wet and cold weather may have caused.
The interior maintenance for your home this spring is not just about spring cleaning, it’s also about spring maintenance. You’ll want to check on your plumbing, the sealing of your doors and windows, the health of your flooring, and servicing your HVAC system.
- Plumbing: Cold temperatures can have a negative effect on plumbing, so it’s important to go through a checklist for plumbing home maintenance. This includes checking for leaks, cracks, and clogs. For more advanced plumbing maintenance checks, you can call a plumber to make sure you’re not experiencing a plumbing issue that’s causing you to waste water or create water damage in your home.
- Doors and windows: Cold and moisture can also create issues with seals in your doors and windows, causing them to crack. You might also check your screens and glass as well for damage or cracks caused by temperature changes.
- Flooring: Some types of flooring can be damaged by moisture. For instance, laminate floors don’t do well with excess moisture that could have been caused by plumbing issues or rain and snow on your floors. Take this time to check for cracks and issues in your floors to pinpoint any fixes you need to make.
- HVAC: HVAC maintenance is an interior and exterior issue, but it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is being serviced so that your system is working properly. You should have a cooling system cleanup, filter changes, and a check to ensure it’s performance.
The outside of your home gets the worst of the winter weather, so getting on top of spring maintenance is vital. Your gutters, roof, foundation, and siding should be inspected to ensure they haven’t been damaged from the winter elements.
- Gutters: You may have accumulated a lot of debris and leaves in your gutters, so it’s important to clear them out in order to prevent leaks.
- Roofing: A damaged roof can lead to a lot of issues for your house as a whole. A regular cleaning and maintenance check can help keep your roof healthy long-term, so it’s important to check your roof for any fixes it may need after the winter months.
- Foundation: Soil moisture levels changing can cause foundation issues, so it’s important to take the time to maintain your foundation and keep an eye on any cracks or issues you may see.
- Siding: Once spring hits, make sure you’re cleaning your siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from forming. Check your siding for signs of weathering and repaint if you have any chipping.
Your outdoor maintenance tasks are less about the exterior of your home and more about your yard, garden, garage, porch, etc. The outdoor area of your home will probably need to be cleaned up and checked for water damage so that you can get ready to begin maintaining your landscaping.
- Garden area: Spring time means it’s time to begin building your garden again. Pull your weeds, clear debris, and make a plan for any plants that need to be planted early in the year.
- Sprinklers: Check your sprinkler system for leaks, exposed lines, or problem sprinkler heads. The winter temperatures may have been hard on them, so be sure to complete any sprinkler maintenance.
- Faucets: Any of your outdoor faucets may have experienced cracking in colder temperatures. Do your diligence in checking your faucets or have a plumber look into the maintenance for you.
- Garage: Your garage may house a lot of your outdoor equipment, so make sure your lawn mower, weed whacker, etc. are ready to complete your spring yard maintenance after sitting for the winter.
Before completing any home maintenance tasks and tips, you should consider your safety above all else. If you’re completing the work yourself, you should still be adhering to any applicable construction safety tips in terms of fall protection, chemical cleanup, and first aid. Make sure someone is with you to help aid in any tasks and to be a spotter for the work you’re completing in case there is a safety concern or emergency. If you aren’t sure about completing these spring home maintenance tasks yourself, there are plenty of professionals who can complete the work for you.
Spring is the time of year for renewal, and your home will feel that change just as you will. As temperatures rise, various aspects of your home will need to be maintained for efficiency and safety. From your interior, to your exterior, to your outdoor maintenance needs, your home will be better off if you keep up with its needs all year round. Just be sure you’re also being safe during the process. Once you’re done, you can rest easy knowing your home is ready for the next seasonal change.
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