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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist 

Spring is a great time to check on exterior items and systems on your home and catch up on maintenance. Regular maintenance can help you to avoid bigger problems in the future and will ultimately save you money.

Gutters and downspouts. Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts and check for gutter leaks. If leaks exist, use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak. Gutters and downspouts should be working properly as improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.  

Roof. Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. The summer sun can damage roof shingles so spring is a great time to perform maintenance. Shingles that are cracked, loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys should be checked and repaired by a roofing contractor.  

Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer. Check wood surfaces for peeling paint and wood rot. If paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand before painting.

Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace if you find shrinking or deteriorating caulk.

Window/door sills and thresholds. Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint or replace if needed.

Concrete. Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks. All exterior concrete slabs should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with concrete crack filler or silicone caulk.

Air Conditioner. Have an HVAC contractor clean and service the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently and annual service will keep the system in working order. Change filters inside the home on a regular basis.  


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