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12 MUST-DO SPRING MAINTENANCE TASKS
3/20/2017

 12 MUST-DO SPRING MAINTENANCE TASKS
 
  • Window and door screens: It is important to clean your screens and check for holes. You don’t want bugs crawling in! You may be able to patch the holes, but in some instances you’ll need to replace the screen.  TIP:  Save the old screen to patch holes next year. You should also tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint them if necessary. While you’re at it, replace any broken, worn, or missing hardware. Wind can ruin screens and frames if they are allowed to flap and move, so make sure they are securely fastened. Finally, tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers to keep them in good working order.
  • Gutters and downspouts:  One of the most important things you can do before spring is to remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. While you’re doing that, reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house and run a hose on the roof to check for proper drainage. If you find a leak, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.
  • Roof:  Be careful, but if possible, get on your roof and inspect shingles, roof surface flashing, eaves, and soffits.  If you are unable to climb onto your roof to to its slope, or your lack of mobility or agility, don’t risk it!  Call a professional and have them look for you. 
  • Exterior caulking:  Speaking of caulking, inspect exterior caulking and replace if it’s deteriorating. Be sure to scrape out all of the old caulk and recaulk the area in need.
  • Siding: Clean your siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing, and to brighten the overall look of your home. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. If wood is showing through, sand the immediate area and apply a primer coat before painting. If paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
  • Window sills, door sills, and thresholds:  While you’re looking at your siding, fill andy cracks you find in window sills, door sills and thresholds.  Caulk the edges, and repaint or replace damaged areas if necessary.
  • Hot water heater:  People often forget about checking their hot water heater when going through their spring checklist.  Lubricate the circulating pump and motor.  If you need help with this, give CIMCO a call and we’ll help you out.
  • Evaporative air conditioner:  You don’t want to be stuck in a hot house this summer!  Clean you’re A/C unit, check the belt tension and adjust if needed. Replace a cracked or worn belt to prevent issues down the road.  Again, if you need assistance, call us. 
  • Foundation:  Don’t forget about your foundation.  Check the foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration. If a significant number of bricks are losing their mortar, call a foundation professional.  A good test is if you can slide a nickel into a crack in your concrete floor, slab or foundation, it’s time to call a pro.
  • Deck and porches:  Now is the time to check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration.  On average, decks and wood fences or railings need to be treated every 4-6 years, depending on how much exposure they get to sun and rain. If the stain doesn’t look like it should or water has turned some of the wood a dark grey re-stain the surface, or hire a professional to do it for you.  Preventative maintenance is MUCH cheaper than replacing a deck. 
  • Landscape:  One of the obvious items on your spring home maintenance checklist is to tidy up your landscaping. Trim all vegetation and cut back overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves, even from bushes, can cut into your home’s paint (and sometimes even the siding) and force you to have that side of the house repainted or repaired. Once again, preventative trimming can save a lot of time and money.
  • Sprinklers:  Last, but not least, check your home’s lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads. If you see an area of your yard that collects too much water or doesn’t get enough, run the sprinklers to figure out the problem. If it’s not something you can fix yourself, call a professional before your lawn needs the water. Besides the possibility of ruining part of a beautiful lawn, you could potentially be wasting water and running up your water bill each summer.
If you find yourself needing assistance with certain items on this list, give CIMCO a call.  Even if you need help with something that’s not our exact specialty, we can point you in the right direction.



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