The time for spring cleaning has rolled around again! Here at Annadel Builders Inc., we care not only about the upfront construction of your house, but also about giving you the resources you need to help maintain a living space that you’ll be proud to call home for many years. These are six of our top spring maintenance tips for making sure that your home stays as beautiful as when you first bought it.
- Inspect your roof. Make sure to check your roof for any lost or damaged shingles. Whether you have shingles, tin, or concrete tiles, your roof is your home’s first line of defense and delaying repair could result in water damage inside your home. Check for cracks, nail pops, or shingle shifts that might preclude a water leak.
- Check your chimney. If you have a masonry chimney, make sure to check for cracks or chips in the joints between the bricks or stones. If you observe a white calcium-like deposit, it means that your joints are beginning to absorb rather than repel water, and you might want to consider re-sealing with a water-resistant barrier.
- Clean your windows. Spring-clean your windows inside and out, checking for leakage around the caulking and weather stripping. Take your screens out and clean with a mild detergent to kill any mold or bacteria they may be harboring.
- Check air conditioning. It may not feel like it now, but warmer weather is just around the corner. Make sure you’re ready for the sun to come back out by changing your air conditioning filter, checking hose connections for leaks, and making sure the drain pans are working properly. Also, you might consider vacuuming any dust that has settled on the unit and its connections, as it can build up and inhibit functioning over time.
- Repair any cracked or peeling paint. Make sure your home has a good protective barrier from the elements. Touch up any damaged areas you find to both protect your walls and keep your home looking nice.
- Clean decks, driveways, fences, and other outside surfaces. Use a pressure washer to clean away any mud or debris, and check for damage as you do. Check your driveway for cracks or potholes, and your deck for rot, broken boards, or decay. Catching these problems early on might mean the difference between a quick fix and a major renovation down the road.