Here on the West Coast we have unusually mild weather in the winter months. This year, however, was a little different. We actually had SNOW! It will be necessary to check everything from top (the roof) to the bottom (foundation) to keep your home in top shape.
Inspecting your home and property for damage caused by extreme weather conditions will help to preserve the value of your home. Proper exterior home maintenance improves the appearance of your house and property, and protects your home against further weather damage. When you stay on top of maintenance, you can prevent paying the high cost of a major repair.
Maintenance checklist of things to inspect:
Damaged, loose or missing shingles and flashing or leaks in the roof can cause serious destruction to your home. Call roofing professionals to manage concerns.
Your foundation can be a source of serious water issues in your basement. Check for cracks in the foundation. Inspect the exterior walls for damage. Contact a foundation specialist if you identify issues. Avoid mold, mildew and structural damage.
Gutters and Downspouts
Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Inspect your downspouts to make sure they are directing water away from your home. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage.If you have leaks, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal. Check your eves for rodents (squirrels etc.) and wasps, who may have taken up residence.
Doors and Windows
Extended periods of cold weather can cause cracks or harden the caulking around your doors and windows. Replace the deteriorating caulking where needed to help prevent water from getting in. This will reduce your energy bill.
Window and door screensneed to be cleaned and checked for holes that will allow insects into the house. Replace broken or damaged screens and broken hardware. Repair damaged frames.
Inspect chimney for damage.
Exterior Lights and Motion Sensors
Check all Exterior Lights and Motion Sensors to ensure they are functioning properly.
Fence and Deck
Check the condition of your fence and deck. Look for cracked, split boards and unstable areas on the deck that have to be repaired or replaced. Observe any signs of pest damage. Seal or stain your deck and fence if needed.
Siding, Wood Decks, Concrete and Aggregate
Clean Siding, Wood Decks, Concrete and Aggregate with a pressure washer to keep mold and moss from growing. Be aware that it might be wise to hire a professional to do the job. Excessive pressure can damage wooden decks, vinyl siding, stucco or even concrete. Window and door seals need to be protected from leaks. Windows can be broken if they are accidentally hit too hard with spray.
Outdoor Water Taps and Sprinkler Heads
Remove insulation from outdoor faucets. Turn on the tap and if either nothing comes out or just a little trickle, you will know that you have a frozen pipe. It is best to thaw it by using an electric heating pad or a towel doused in hot water. Leave the faucet open, so that youwill know when the water begins flowing..
Check the garden sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines and improperly working sprinkler heads.
Waste and Vent System
Drain waste and vent system: Flush out system.
Service Air Conditioner and change filter.
Hot Water Heater
Hot Water Heater: Lubricate circulating pump and motor.
Fertilize theLawn. Sharpen the blade on the lawn mower and change engine oil.
Trees and Roots
Trim tree branches that may interfere with power lines. Tree roots can destroy your foundation and drainage around your home if planted to close or roots run too deep.
Patio Furniture and BBQ
Get Patio Furniture out of storage and clean. Clean your BBQ and get your propane tank filled if necessary.
You are now ready to enjoy the long, lovely days of Spring and Summer. Invite friends over, pour the sangria and fire up the grill!