Spring Maintenance Tips

Below are several outdoor items you’ll want to attend to now that spring has sprung:

  • Gutters and downspouts: clean out and check for leaks
  • Siding: Clean with a pressure washer and repaint if necessary.
  • Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating.
  • Window sills, door sills, and thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint or replace if necessary.
  • Window and door screens: Clean screening and patch any holes. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
  • Drain waste and vent system: Flush out system.
  • Hot water heater: Lubricate circulating pump and motor.
  • Evaporative air conditioner: Clean unit, check belt tension and adjust if needed. Replace cracked or worn belt.
  • Heat pump: Lubricate blower motor.
  • Foundation: Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration. If you can slide a nickle into a crack in your concrete floor, slab or foundation call a professional immediately.
  • Roof: Inspect roof surface flashing, eaves, and soffits.
  • Deck and porches: Check decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose boards and deterioration. Open decks and wood fences need to be treated every 4-6 years, depending on exposure to sun and rain.
  • Landscape: Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures.
  • Sprinklers: Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads.

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