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Spring Property Maintenance Tips

This is the season to get your yard in shape, fix winter damage, and tackle interior jobs that require good ventilation.

Foundation, Masonry & Exterior Surfaces

  • Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration. Repair problems.crack in cement
  • Check chimney for loose, deteriorated or missing mortar. Repair problems.
  • Check grading for proper slope away from foundation walls. Build up soil wherever needed.
  • Check all wood surfaces-especially at the soil level-for weathering, peeling paint or dry rot. Fix now or this summer.
  • Check deck, patio, porch, and exterior stairs and railings for deterioration or damage. Repair now or this summer.
  • Remove debris from gutters and downspouts. Repair any leaks.

Roof

  • Check for any missing, loose or damaged shingles. Have these replaced.
  • Check for open seams, blisters or bald areas on flat roofs. Have these fixed.
  • Check flashing around all surface projections and sidewalls.damaged shingles
  • Check antenna supports for possible leak sources.
  • Check fascia and soffits for deterioration and damage.
  • Check roof louvers for damage or plugging (birds nests, etc.)
  • If ice dams were a problem last winter, have your attic properly insulated and ventilated.

Interior

  • Repair or replace torn screens or broken windows. Replace broken sash ropes or hold-open devices.
  • Check basement and crawl space for moisture or leaking water. Take care of all moisture problems.window repair
  • Check your home's cooling system before hot weather arrives.
  • Open vents in crawl space and vent crawl spaces in basements.
  • Once windows can be opened, do any interior painting, varnishing or other projects where odor can be a problem.
  • Check your smoke detector when you change clocks ahead.
  • Take note of slow drains or back-ups. If needed, have sewer pipes cleaned before a really big back-up occurs.

Lawn & landscape

Spring is planting season, and a great time to clean up the yard from the winter.

  • Plant trees, shrubs, flowers and/or vegetables.
  • Plant grass seed in bare patches.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed preventer, if needed. Fertilize lawn, if needed.
  • Remove left-over fallen leaves, dead plants and lawn debris. Trim shrubs that brush against the house.
  • Unless trees are storm damaged, hold off tree trimming until autumn or winter when it's healthier to prune trees.