Spring is finally here! Out with the cold and ice and in with warm and rain! Here are Jeff, the FYI home inspection guy’s tips on some spring maintenance!
Check for damage to your roof.
No matter what type of material your roof is, begin any inspection by examining the exterior. You can get an idea of the roof’s condition from the ground by looking for apparent damage with a pair of binoculars or with the naked eye. Look for loose, broken, or cracked shingles. Any damaged shingles should be replaced by a professional immediately to avoid any leaks or other damage.
Check facia and trim for deterioration.
Facia is the transition trim between the house and the roofline. It also helps support the roofline of the home and the gutters. Look for any rotting wood, peeling paint, or signs of mold.
Have a professional air conditioning company inspect and maintain your system
Annual maintenance can improve the efficiency of the air conditioner and prolong the life of the unit. Routinely replace or clean the air filters. A professional technician will check refrigerant levels and for leaks. They will check the airflow through the evaporator coil and for general functionality.
Clean gutters and downspouts
Gutters collect rainwater from the roofing carrying it away from the foundation through downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause an overflow of water onto the foundation of the house. If the foundation is damaged or in disrepair, water can seep into the basement or crawl space. Too much moisture can lead to expensive repairs or mold. Professionals recommend cleaning the gutters out twice a year, spring and fall. You may need to do this more often if there are more trees in your area.
Check fire extinguishers and replace them, if necessary.
Check the expiration and pressure on the fire extinguishers yearly. Also, check the pressure gauge or testing button and be sure the extinguisher is ready to go in case of a fire.
Inspect driveways and paths.
Freezing and thawing are rough on concrete and asphalt. Check for cracks and pitting. Asphalt can usually be patched or sealed. Concrete, if it sustains enough damage, may need to be replaced entirely.
Check screens and windows.
Check for visible damage, such as holes or tears. If you have trouble opening and closing the windows, this can signal that the windows need repair or the screen is damaged and causing a problem.
Jeff, on his home inspections, sees what happens when home maintenance isn’t regular. Not doing maintenance can result in expensive repairs and annoyance when trying to sell your home. Start your spring cleaning out right with excellent home maintenance!