Top Tips for Tackling Springtime Maintenance

Walter Green - General Manager
March 31, 2016

Top Tips for Tackling Springtime Maintenance

After a long, cold, and dreary winter the warm breeze and bright sun of spring time can be a breath of fresh air. The only downside? That bright sunshine has a tendency to reveal all of the home improvements and maintenance items that were put off during the winter months. You suddenly become all too aware of the damaged gutters, the broken downspouts, the cracked sidewalks, and a dozen other things that are now calling for your attention. It can seem a bit overwhelming, but if you take some time to get organized, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can get things done, leaving you time to go outside and ensure the sunshine.

Check the Gutters – You’ll need to check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water damage in your basement or crawl space. It’s especially important to make sure all of the downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of any obstructions.

Examine the Chimney – Carefully inspect the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. You’ll want to give it a good cleaning after the hard winter’s use. Or you may consider having the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

Check Outside Faucets – Now that things have thawed out, you need to check your outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Just turn the water on and cover the opening. If the flow is easily stopped, there’s a good chance the pipe inside is damaged.

Check Power Equipment - Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure they’re ready to be used. Cleaning the equipment and sharpening the cutting blades will make yardwork easier.

Following these easy tips, will help ensure that you’re ready to tackle the summer months and enjoy the year to come!