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10 Spring Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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I am so happy the sun is finally shining and warmer weather is ahead of us. This winter homes were hit hard by the grueling winter of 2014. The heavy snow and ice wrecked havoc on many home’s infrastructure and it is important that these issues are addressed quickly.

 

10 Spring Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips:

1.) Clean gutters and check for leaks. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure gutters are clean and downspouts drain away from your foundation.

2.) Installing gutter guard will prevent your roof from water accumulation.

3.) Inspect your deck and clean off debris. Trapped debris that falls through deck board will act like a sponge and keep wood from drying properly.Check your roof for loose or cracked shingles and replace them as soon as possible. Water dripping from the roof can cause considerable damage. Flashing around plumbing vents, chimney and skylights should be inspected by a professional.

4.) Check wood trim around windows, doors, railing and decks by probing with a screwdriver. Any rot should be repaired as well caulking filled now before spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.

5.) Take a good look at the detail of your surrounding landscape. Careful attention to landscaping can significantly increase a home’s value, while landscape mistakes detract from value. Low areas in your yard or next to your foundation should be filled with compact soil. Spring flooding can lead to foundation damage and these water pools can also lead to insect breeding grounds over the summer.

6.) Examine the exterior of your chimney for signs of damage and have your flue inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.

7.) Removed firewood stacked close to your home. Firewood should be stored at least 18” off the ground and at least 2’ from structure.

8.) Outdoor furniture, often placed in storage or exposed to the elements, should be carefully cleaned at the beginning of each spring. For most metal tables and chairs, including those produced of steel, cast aluminum or aluminum, mild soap and water is the best choice for safe cleaning. To maintain the frame finish, some experts recommend a coat of clear liquid car wax once a year.

9.) Water expands when it freezes, therefore, the shut off valves for outside faucets should have been closed for the winter. Inspected for leaks and open shut off valves. Check hoses for leaks and reconnect hoses. If you have frost-damaged faucets or need new shut off valves installed it is best to call a licensed plumber.

10.) Test air conditioning units and have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning unit. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

 

We wish you a season full of sunshine and look forward to serving you. ~ All of us at Phoenix Industries.

 

 

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