The snow is gone and winter is on its way. That means it’s time to see how your house has fared during the long, cold winter months, and to make any necessary repairs or adjustments. Today, we’re sharing a few spring home maintenance tips from Bob Vila. Read through our blog archives to get more seasonal lawn care tips and ideas.
Check windows’ caulking and weather stripping to see if they suffered any damage from the wind or cold. If you noticed condensation inside the glass of double- or triple-glazed windows during the winter, the window or the glass may need to be replaced.
Use a ladder to get at eye level with your roof, then inspect it for missing or cracked shingles, shingle-shift, or buildup of debris on the roof or in the gutters.
Check the joints between stones or bricks on masonry chimneys. If stones or bricks have fallen out or if any plants are growing, that could indicate water damage. Also, look for efflorescence, which is a white calcium-like deposit on chimneys.
Look for cracks in poured-concrete foundations. If they exist, you may need to contact a specialist to repair the foundation.
Look for damaged areas on exterior walls – near the gutters is a good place to start, as that can indicate issues with the gutters’ water containment. If you have wood siding, look for damage caused by carpenter ants or other pests.
In anticipation of the hot summer months to come, give the air conditioning unit some attention. Check hose connections for leaks, make sure drain pans are draining freely, blow out the vents with a small air compressor, and change the filter.
Often, inspecting your house for winter damage can uncover spring home maintenance projects that need to be done quickly and affordably. If that’s the case for you, give Broadway Rental a call! We have the rental tools and equipment you need to get your house back in shape. Our low prices and reasonable rental policies make renting a breeze!