Spring is a very nice time of the year in Missouri. Of course, there are a few exceptions such as thunderstorms and a few tornadoes. Then there’s also cleaning up after winter snowfalls, freezing, and storms.
Even with all that, spring is a great time of the year to catch up with home maintenance.
Here’s our spring maintenance checklist with 16 tips to help you find and repair any damage, keep up with deferred repairs, and get your home ready for summer.
1. Check for Winter Damage
Take a careful walk all the way around your home. Look closely for damage that has happened during the winter months. Correct it as soon as possible before it can get worse and become more costly. Things to watch for include loose or missing shingles, damaged siding, gutter or downspout damage, and cracks in the sidewalks or driveway.
2. Don’t Neglect Screen Doors and Windows
Inspect screen doors and windows looking for tears or holes. Mosquitoes can find their way into your home even through the smallest holes. You can find repair kits at most hardware stores.
3. Inspect Your Home’s Foundation
During your inspection pay special attention to your foundation. What were small cracks in the fall can become bigger due to freezing and thawing conditions. Those cracks can let in snowmelt as well as summer rain and storms. We can help with a free inspection.
4. Start Yard Work and Cleanup
Snow can cover over all that yard work we missed in the fall. It can also cover fallen tree limbs and leaves. Clean that up now that it’s spring and put down fresh mulch. It can be back-breaking labor, but it’s worth it for a great-looking yard.
5. Tend to Lawn Bare Spots
As you rake up those leaves you’ll no doubt discover a few bare or thin spots in the lawn. Spring is the best time to reseed. For slopes try a lawn seed blanket to keep the seed in place while it sets down roots.
6. Trim Trees and Shrubs
Spring or fall are the best times for trimming your trees and shrubs. Cut back any tree limbs that are hanging over your home. They can fall during the upcoming spring and summer storms and do major damage to your home. Trim branches as well to open up airflow and add a bit of sunlight. That helps reduce mold and mildew growth.
7. Maintain Functioning Gutters and Downspouts
Make sure you clean out gutters and downspouts twice a year. They are vital in preventing water from pouring onto your foundation and seeking out any cracks in the basement or crawl space walls.
8. Check Any Outdoor Drainage
Make sure your rainwater management system is clear. That includes buried drains, storm drains, and downspout extensions. Clear any blockages and wash out the pipes with a garden hose. Get them cleared out before the rain starts.
9. Inspect Your Outdoor Plumbing
Outdoor faucets, pool equipment, and heat pumps or AC units can be damaged from winter freezing. Check them to make sure they are working. Fix anything you find that’s out of whack.
10. Test Irrigation Systems
This is a perfect time to first check that all the zones and sprinkler heads are working correctly. Replace anything that’s broken. Then take the additional time needed to make needed adjustments to fix spots with too much or not enough water. Remember that leaking valves can run up an enormous water bill. This is a good time to check the water flow when everything is turned off.
11. Practice Proper Foundation Landscaping
Make sure you inspect the basement window wells to clear them of any debris and plant growth and reseal them where necessary. Check that their drains are open as well. Mulch near the foundation can also collect moisture that can seep into your basement or crawl space. Also, trim shrubs away from the foundation and watch for root growth. This is also a good time to make sure your yard slopes away from your home with the proper grading.
12. Look for and Prevent Pest Infestations
Check for pest evidence. Ants, termites, and burrowing animals cause damage at ground level. Bats, birds, squirrels, and flying insects can damage your roof. Seal any cracks or holes you find to prevent their entry.
13. Clean Decks and Siding
Spring is a great time to pressure wash decks and siding to remove winter grime. Use the correct pressure setting for the wood on your decking and for the siding. Some vinyl siding companies note that too high a pressure can damage the finish.
14. Spruce Up Woodwork
Maintaining fences, decks, trellises, and other outdoor wooden structures requires periodic staining and sealing. Spring is a great time to get this accomplished. Before staining or sealing, make sure any required repairs are completed.
15. Maintain HVAC Systems
Before the summer heat and humidity arrive, make sure your air conditioning system is ready to go. Regular HVAC maintenance is a great help in keeping your system trouble-free while finding any problems before they become a costly repair job.
16. Plan Summer Projects
Many have been stuck at home over the past year. That naturally brought to mind ways of expanding the available living space as well as dreaming up a number of home improvements as well as home repair projects. This is a good time to document that full list while setting some priorities.
If your list of improvements included adding more space, a refinished basement could be the answer. But the basement needs to be fully waterproofed before you get started on that type of project.
We provide services throughout Missouri, eastern Kansas, northern Arkansas, and southern Iowa. We can help with your basement or crawl space project or whatever foundation issues you may have found in your spring maintenance inspection.
Contact us at Foundation Recovery Systems for a free inspection and repair estimate.