Spring and summer maintenance checklist

March 4th, 2015 by

While we're still technically in winter, it's never a bad idea to start thinking about spring maintenance early. In a Houselogic article, Karin Beuerlein offers tips for homeowners in preparing for the season.

Once winter ends, spring's warmer temperatures offer an excellent opportunity to get outside and inspect the outside of your home. Steve Gladstone of Stonehollow Home Inspections in Stamford, Connecticut, says to Houselogic to closely inspect all of your exterior systems, including your roof, siding, gutters and drainage. You should make sure they are all in good working order.

Here are some more specific steps to take:

Check your gutters and drainage: If winter has left your gutters and drainage system in bad shape, for example with excess debris, spring is when you'll find out. Beuerlein says to "Remove any blockages and look for signs of bending, damage, and areas where water has been diverted onto the roof or siding," adding that these do-it-yourself repairs usually cost homeowners under $50 and can be done "by adjusting or reattaching brackets, gently hammering out bent areas, and replacing damaged sections of gutter if necessary."

Inspect your roof and chimney for water damage: After the ravages of a rough winter, your shingles may need repair. While you're at it, check for loose chimney bricks and mortar, and if you have a wooden chimney box, check for rotting boards. If you have a metal chimney, inspect for signs of rust. 

Examine your siding, checking for signs of winter damage: Make sure there are no loose or rotting boards, and look carefully at the "areas where siding meets windows and doors and caulk any gaps." 

Set up your spring air conditioning tune-up: Make sure you're prepared when the warmer temperatures roll around. Particularly if your system wasn't functioning well last year, be sure to schedule an appointment with a contractor and make sure he performs all of the necessary repairs. Beuerlein explains that he should not just add refrigerant, but make other repairs as well. 

Beuerlein offers this advice:

"Follow your contractor as he works to get an idea of the maintenance checklist he uses and ask questions about what he's doing. Your contractor's checklist should include inspecting thermostats and controls, checking the refrigerant level, tightening connections, lubricating moving parts, checking the condensate drain, and cleaning the coils and blower."

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