Importance of Preparing Your Home for Spring Weather

Everyone loves to spend time outdoors when the nice, warm spring weather finally arrives. It’s also the perfect time to prepare for the warmer temperatures to come. You’ll be glad that you did before the dog days of summer arrive.

Weatherization

This involves sealing gaps in your window and door frames. A lot of homeowners may not realize that cool air from the AC could potentially escape through these gaps. This, in turn, causes your cooling system to work harder to keep your home comfortable.

Roofing

Now that the snow has melted from the top of your home, it is a great time to check and see if any shingles are missing or damaged. It will be important for you to replace these shingles so that rain doesn’t saturate the roofing panels. This could lead to mold growth and damage in your attic.

Gutters

Check for leaking gutters. When your gutters are leaking, this could cause moisture to drip down your siding. After some time, this could lead to mold growth or damaged panels. Additionally, after a heavy rainfall, the moisture may pool up beneath the damaged gutter on the ground. This water will eventually seep into the soil and into your basement if you have a cracked foundation.

Concrete Surfaces

Winter does a lot of damage to the surfaces around the home. Check your driveway, garage floor, patio, pool deck, and sidewalks for cracked areas. If you see some, they could be filled in with an epoxy material to prevent moisture from seeping into the soil underneath.

Firewood

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you will want to get rid of your firewood piles, especially any near the home. Leaving these on your property could potentially attract unwanted pests - including termites.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Many potential problems are caught early on during maintenance appointments and are treated before they cause the entire system to break down later in the season.

These are just a few things that you can be doing to prepare your home for the spring season. As always, make sure that you are exercising extreme caution when using ladders to inspect windows, gutters, and roofing. Have a spotter on hand to hold the ladder in place so that it is safe and stable on the ground.