March 2015: Spring Maintenance
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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Q. What tasks should I do around my house in the spring?
A. It’s time for our spring home maintenance checklist of what you should be doing around the house during the spring months. Here’s a handy list:
- Check and change the furnace filter.
- Clean the clothes dryer exhaust, duct, damper and space under the dryer.
- Inspect the roof for potential leaks.
- Check for damaged, raised or missing flashing and shingles.
- Check vents, louvers and chimney caps for bird’s nests and debris.
- Check the underside of the roof in the attic and under the eaves for water stains.
- Check the attic for proper ventilation and insulation.
- Check for overhanging tree limbs, and trim if needed.
- Inspect the foundation and basement for signs of termite infestation.
- Check the basement or crawl space for dampness and/or leakage.
- Check to make sure the sump pump (if present) is operating correctly.
- Clean leaves and other debris away from an outdoor air conditioning unit.
- Disconnect the air conditioner and wash off the fins on the exterior of the unit.
- Caulk and paint the seams and edges of plywood or hardboard composite siding.
- Check brick veneer for cracks that are wider than 1/16 inch.
- Check for soft mortar joints or missing mortar.
- Remove vines growing on the house, siding, brick or mortar.
- Check vinyl and aluminum siding for cracks and damage.
- Check wood siding for peeling paint and damaged wood.
- Check the grading around the house — the ground should slope away from the house for proper drainage.
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts, and check downspout extenders.
- Inspect gutters for signs of sagging, damage or rust.
- Check wooden decks for deterioration and repair or seal when necessary.
- Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways, patios and walks.
- Check window and door frames for exposed wood and repair before the spring rains cause more damage.
- Examine the exterior of the chimney for cracks and signs of damage.
- Move firewood stored close to the house. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the house.
- Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage.
- Check gas- and battery-powered lawn machines and tools to be sure they are ready for spring and summer use.
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