Spring Home Maintenance (Part 2)

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This article is the second part of the Spring Home Maintenance Guide. Last week, we tackled a list of things you should check around the interior of your home. This week, this guide will give you a list for the exterior of your house. We hope that after reading through the indoors Spring Home Maintenance Guide, you have started to plan out when you will start working through those items or even better, maybe you have already started. Good for you! If you haven’t, it’s not too late to start.

OUTDOOR MAINTENANCE

Roof. Before summer arrives and it becomes too hot, now is the perfect time to inspect and clean your roof. If you have a ladder, climb to the roof and make a careful assessment. It would be a good idea to get someone to be your spotter for safety while you’re up on the roof. Look for lost or damaged shingles. If damage is extensive, it might be time to consult with a professional roofer. If you don’t have a ladder, you can do a similar inspection from the ground using binoculars.

Clean the roof from debris like leaves and branches and pay particular attention around chimneys and in valleys.

Gutters and downspouts. During the fall, your gutters and downspouts may have filled up with dead leaves and gunk and these eventually decayed and maybe even froze during winter. Obviously, this gunk will clog your gutters and downspouts. In spring, you would want the gutters and downspouts to drain properly and avoid water overflow. Excess gunk buildup can also cause the gutters to take on more weight, lead to weed and plant growth which can lead to serious damage and a bad smell.

Clean out the gunk that has accumulated. Using rubber gloves or a scoop, clear the gutters of all debris. Once you have cleared the gutters, grab a hose and thoroughly wash it down. This will also let you see if there are any leaks. Also, check to see if the gutters are still safely attached. Don’t forget to inspect the downspouts and make sure they are draining water away from the house foundation.

Exterior walls. Walk around the exterior of your house and check the walls for cracking, blistering, flaking, and peeling. This may have been caused by exposure to winter moisture. Or, you may have noticed that the paint has faded from exposure to the sun. All these signs make your house look aged. Spring is the best time to have the exterior of your house repainted and make it look brand-new.

Also check for water stains on the exterior walls. This may mean that the gutters have a leak or have not been thoroughly cleaned and debris may have caused water overflow. This needs immediate remediation before spring showers aggravates the issue.

Windows. Check your windows’ caulking and weather stripping. Damage to these will let warm summer air in and let cool air out as well as let water in. Replace these as needed.

Clean your windows both inside and out. Wiping away fingerprints, smudges, and mildew that has accumulated in the cold months will make your window sparkle like new.

Sliding doors/Screen doors. If you have a sliding door/screen door and have not used it as often as you normally do during the winter months, give it a thorough examination to see if it’s working properly. Check the sliding door track as well. If your screen door has any tears or holes, repair these immediately before insect season begins.

Trees/Shrubs. If you have trees and shrubs in your yard, these may possibly have been damaged by winter storms. It would be a great idea to prune the damaged branches to encourage new growth. Make sure that you also trim them if the limbs are too close to any part of the house especially the windows, roof, and gutters.

Yard. You yard will most likely be overrun with decaying leaves and twigs. Use a rake to clean your yard of dead foliage. If you have vegetable or flower beds, now is the best time to spread new fertilizer especially if you want them to grow and bloom this summer.

Walkways. Don’t forget to clean your walkways. Check your pavers to see if they might have been re-positioned during winter and set them back in place. Depending on the material, your walkway may have algae growth which may cause someone in your family to slip. There may also be leaf stains which are unsightly. You can use a power washer to clean the walkway or an ordinary hose and a heavy-duty brush.

Deck/Patio. As the weather gets warmer, you and your family and friends will be spending more and more time out on the deck/patio so make sure that it’s ready for another season. If you have a wooden deck, check for any sharp edges, splintered wood, or rotting wood. Check the fasteners and make sure that they are secure. Give your railings a gentle shake and see if they are wobbly. Examine the steps to see if there is damage that may be a safety risk. If there is any damage on your deck, it will be best not to use it until everything has been repaired or replaced.

For a more detailed guide to deck maintenance for the spring season, check out Spring Out on the Deck.

After assessing your deck and realizing that there are issues that need to be resolved, whether it’s a safety issue or maybe you just want your deck to look better, Westside Company in Los Angeles is the professional decking contractor to call. We have over 20 years of experience working on decks of all kinds of materials. Our team of experts can easily evaluate your deck and recommend the best way to remedy any issue. Call us at 310 994 4626 or email us at westsidecompany@gmail.com to set up an appointment for a free inspection. We serve most of Southern California including Long Beach, North Orange Country, and South Bay.