Must-Do Outdoor Spring Home Maintenance Tasks
Now that the weather has warmed and spring is definitely in the air, many homeowners are ready to get outside and tackle a few home projects. Spring is a great time to complete routine maintenance; everything about this season brings a sense of renewal and progress. The team at Wayne Overhead Door Sales & Home Improvement urges you to take advantage of that motivation to complete some of the common home maintenance jobs outlined below. Doing so will not only prepare your home for the months to come but may also uncover issues that can be addressed before they develop into costly repairs.
Clean Out the Gutters
This is a home improvement task that requires no specialized skill, yet is often dreaded from one year to the next. The key to success is using a steady and properly placed ladder and then taking care to avoid falls. After that, it takes little more than a pair of gloves and a few hours to clear the gutters of accumulated leaves and other debris. This is also a great time to make sure that your gutters are properly connected to the house, corners and downspouts. For those with an asphalt shingle roof, keep an eye out for loose granules in the bottom of the gutters, which could indicate the beginning of roof surface failure.
Maintain Decks and Porches
Wooden surfaces take a lot of abuse during the year, especially in climates where decks and porches are exposed to heavy sun, rain and humidity. Spring is a good time to resurface and reseal your deck or porch. While cleaning the planks, be on the lookout for raised nails, large splintered areas and other hazards that could bring harm to bare feet. Consider a new stain color or sealant finish to give the wood a whole new appeal. This is also the time to pressure wash and scrub down your outdoor furniture.
Trimming and Pruning
Spring is an ideal time for cutting back tree or plant growth that is encroaching into undesirable territory. Be sure to take a conservative approach, as limbs and branches that are removed can take years to grow back. In the case of tree limbs that have extended over the roof, take this opportunity to check the surface of the roof to make sure that no damage has been done, and sweep or blow off any debris that falls onto the roof as the limbs or branches are removed.
Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
We often don't give these devices any attention unless they are beeping because of a low battery, but smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are critical tools that keep our families safe. During spring cleaning and maintenance, take the time to go through the house and check each unit. Replacing the batteries on an annual basis ensures that the detectors will be able to do their duty if the need should arise.
At Wayne Overhead Door Sales & Home Improvements, we understand the need for each homeowner to take a proactive approach to home maintenance. We hope that these tips will help motivate you to keep your home in great condition this year. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have on maintenance and repair issues, and enjoy this gorgeous spring!