After months of snow, ice and freezing rain in the forecast, you’re probably eager to put cold weather behind you. Luckily, it won’t take much time to prepare your Pittsburgh home for spring. These home care tips may help you streamline the process.
Start with an Exterior Inspection
Howling winds, ice, rain and snow can take a toll on your home’s exterior. Look for signs of damage, such as loose or damaged siding, façade or shingles. One cracked shingle can leads to leaks that cause thousands of dollars of damage if you don’t notice and fix the problem as soon as possible.
Winter weather can loosen caulk around your windows and doors. Once the caulk is gone, moisture enters your home and may cause mildew or rotting frames. Air leaks also increase your utility bill by letting both warmed and cooled air escape. Fortunately, fixing missing or damaged caulk is an easy fix.
Add dead trees and shrubs, damaged branches, loose deck railings, cracked windows, missing or damaged flashing around your roof, and broken pavers in your patio or front walk to your checklist. How does your driveway look once the snow is gone? Are there are cracks in the concrete or asphalt? Repairing the cracks while they’re small can help you avoid large potholes in the future.
While you’re outside, set up your outdoor furniture and grill. Clean cushions if necessary and check your grill for webs and nests before you use it for the first time.
Take It Inside
A quick tour of the interior of your home will help you prioritize your spring preparation projects. Look for signs of leaks, including stains or mold on walls and ceilings, dripping taps, moisture on the floor under sinks, or puddles under your water heater, toilet, refrigerator or washer.
Make a list of the areas of your home that will benefit from repairs or touchups, such as scratches or stains on flooring, peeling paint, doors that don’t hang correctly, loose screws or nails, non-functioning outlets or light fixtures, and holes in window and door screens.
Carry batteries with you when you examine each room and replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test both battery-operated and hard-wired detectors to ensure that they function properly.
After you finish your spring cleaning, replace filters in your heating and air-conditioning system, stove vent, and water and air purifiers.
Don’t forget to give your dryer vent system its annual cleaning. Lint can build up inside your dryer and also clog the vent that leads from your dryer to the outside outlet. Use a dryer cleaning kit or call a cleaning company to reduce your risk of a dryer fire.
Make a Few Calls
Although you can certainly tighten a screw or fix a small hole in a screen yourself, other repairs may require a little help from the experts. Spring and summer tend to be busy times for repairmen, gutter cleaners, plumbers, electricians and contractors. Making the calls in early spring will help you ensure that you don’t have to wait weeks to resolve the issue.
Is your home looking a little rundown this spring? Master Remodelers can help you upgrade your living areas, add a new room or two, or create the ultimate outdoor space for your home. Contact us and let us know how we can help.
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