Helpful Do It Yourself Tips and Tricks

Spring Tips

  • Check for loose or leaking gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear from debris.
  • Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation damage. Also, when water stays in these low areas in warmer weather, it creates a breeding ground for insects.
  • From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during the cold months. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked or loose need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofing professional.
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep company.
  • Remove firewood kept near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.
  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is possible the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be repaired. Also, check the garden hoses for dry rot.
  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean,inspect and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.
  • With a little preventive maintenance, springtime around the house can be a little easier.