Spring is on its way, and if you’re anything like us, you’re happy to see the end of those blustery Midwest winter winds! Now that the weather has taken a turn for the better, it’s time to use it to your advantage and ensure your home is in tip-top shape for the coming summer months. Scroll below for eight spring home maintenance tips to add to your to-do list!
Inspect the Roof
Harsh winters can lead to roof damage thanks to snow and ice buildup. Having your roof inspected for damage will help protect your home from leaks and other issues down the road. Look for warped, cracked, or loose shingles while inspecting flashing, skylights, chimneys, and vents.
Clean the Gutters
Midwest winters generally come with wind. Take some time to inspect your gutters for damage and clear any debris that may have built up over the winter. Keeping gutters free of debris and preparing cracks and sags prevents costly water damage, ensuring water drains off your roof and away from your home’s foundation.
Inspect Windows and Doors
Extreme temperature changes can cause damage to seals on windows and doors. Take time to check out each of the doors and windows in your home to identify any cracked, hardened, or loosened seals. Properly working seals protect your home from water leaks and reduce the cost of cooling during the warm summer months.
Service Your Cooling System
Speaking of cooling, spring is the perfect time to have a professional inspect your cooling system. Making repairs now saves you from overheating due to a faulty cooling system once temperatures spike.
Drain Your Water Heater
Over time, sediment builds up inside water heaters. The good news? It’s easily fixed by descaling (draining) the tank. Periodically descaling your water heater helps it work more efficiently, which will reduce your electric bill and prolong the life of the water heater.
Repair Cracks in the Concrete
Once the snow and ice clear, take a peek at concrete slabs to locate any cracks in need of repair. Also, make a note of any slabs that appear to drain toward the foundation rather than away, as they can cause water damage. Repair cracks by first power-washing the concrete (weather permitting) and filling the cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone.
Replace Smoke Detector Batteries
Your smoke detector may not be at the forefront of your mind until it starts beeping, but it’s something you don’t want to go without. Take the time to replace the batteries each spring, and rest assured they’ll work if you ever need them.
Clean the Garbage Disposal
Rather than venturing out in the cold, more home-cooked meals are prepared during the winter months. That means more leftover food making its way through the garbage disposal. Clear any food buildup by feeding a tray of ice cubes down the disposal while running the cold water.
This time of year isn’t just great for performing your annual spring home maintenance tips; it’s also an excellent time to start thinking about your next home remodeling or construction project. We’d love to help you get the ball rolling! Reach out to our team today to get started!