Spring is the time we prepare our homes and gardens for the exciting summer ahead. Although here in Northern Virginia it is hot and feels like summer already, technically we are in the final weeks of spring! Failing to do routine home maintenance can result in pricey problems that can even put your safety at risk. Taking care of your custom home will allow you to live there comfortably the rest of your life. If you’ve put off doing spring and summer maintenance around your home, consider completing our checklist.
1) Inspect the roof
When it comes to protecting your home from water damage, the roof is an extremely important player on the team. Safely inspect your roof for any spots that may need repair from the past year. If you have skylights, take this opportunity to get up close to the window and inspect it for any damages. Unless you experience heavy storms, natural disasters, or other mishaps that impact your roof, one thorough inspection a year should be enough to keep your roof safe.
2) Replace HVAC filters
This is something you should be doing around every three months depending on your HVAC system. Failing to replace your filters will cause the air to go unfiltered and allow dust and other contaminants to build up in your system, making it less energy efficient and costing you more money in the end.
3) Clean clogged gutters and downspouts
Gutters and downspouts direct rainwater away from your house and roof in order to protect your home from water damage. However, when they are clogged with foliage and debris the water cannot properly funnel through the system and away from your house. This is why it is important to fully clean out your gutters twice a year.
4) Check the outside faucets
Taking the time to inspect your outside faucets can help prevent potential water damage in your home. The cold winter months can freeze pipes and damage them- causing leaks and other unpleasant damage. Turn on your faucet and look for signs of leaks around the pipe and basement of your home. If your basement is finished be sure to check the drywall.
5) Clean decks and outside surfaces
Revitalize your outdoor spaces by giving them a good clean. Using a pressure washer for your deck or patio allows you to safely remove mold, dirt, stains, and mildew. If you have a wood deck you will most likely need to pressure wash it before applying stain or sealer. You should also pressure wash your driveway to refresh its look and deter weeds from growing.
6) Re-caulk windows and doors
Inspect your windows and doors and determine whether or not they need to be caulked. If you are in a brand new home it is common for caulk to crack within the first year because the house is still settling. Keeping an eye on this can save you lots in heating and air conditioning costs.
7) Trim bushes and plants
It is important to keep any bushes or plants at least two to three feet away from your AC unit. Having plants too close to the unit can block air flow and potentially start a fire. Keeping the immediate area clear will also allow an easier experience for routine maintenance.