Remodeling - Improvements - Maintenance & Repairs
MAINTENANCE - Spring inspection and cleaning.
and Inspect Gutters:
all debris such as leaves and pine needles. Scoop out all granules
from your roofing shingles. Run a hose in them to clean them, remove
any muck, and assure proper water flow.
is also a good time to make sure the gutters are secured well to
the fascia boards. If the gutters are loose, re-secure them using
gutter screws instead of the nails. Re-nailing the nails back in
will not hold and they'll work themselves loose again quickly.
look at Siding and Trim:
to see if the winter winds blew off or loosened any of the house
trim or siding. Check to see if trim nails have started to work
themselves out. Re secure the trim.
the brackets holding the downspouts. Make sure any extensions are
hooked up to your downspouts. Downspouts should be at least 3' from
the house to prevent water from draining into your basement walls.
A sign of this problem will be a triangular shaped stain generally
in the corners of the basement where the downspout outlets are.
spots around the foundation:
you noticed any areas that puddled over the winter, fill them with
dirt. you should have at least a 1" per 1' pitch leading from
your foundation. Simply, this means that the dirt 3 feet away from
your home should be 3" lower than the dirt along the foundation
your outside hose bibbs. A frost free hose bibb should trickle water
for a few seconds after you shut it off. This is the water draining
from the hose bibb, which prevents freezing in the winter. If the
bibb does not stop dripping after a short while, the washer or seat
is bad and will require attention.
around windows and doors:
is good time to check the caulk to be sure cracking or separation
hasn't occurred over the winter. Aside from allowing drafts, water
can enter and cause rot of the underlying wood. Many people think
that caulk is only important for the winter months. Not true.
any vents are missing, replace them before birds make a nest in
your soffits. If you have crawlspace vents, open them to allow air
flow through the summer. Check gable vents for cracks using binoculars
of insects or bugs:
can be a time for insects to swarm. Eastern subterranean termites
can swarm in the spring and could be a possible sign of infestation.
Keep your wood pile away from your home. Use a hardwood mulch. Pine
mulch can attract termites and bugs and will float away in a flooding
around your air conditioner condenser and remove all leaves that
might have become trapped. Grass clippings can clog the fins. Oil
the motor if required. Check for oil spots at the bottom by looking
from the top of the unit. This can be a sign of an oil leak in the
motor. Make sure your unit is level. Check for any damage to the
insulation on your condensate line. Pour some water through your
condensate tube to make sure it's not clogged with algae or sludge.
This is generally the white PVC line leading to the basement drain.
your outside unit when the temperature is 60 degrees or higher.
Compressors won't work properly in less than 60 degree weather.
should keep up on changing your filter. if you haven't, now is a
good time to start. Turn off your humidifier when you switch to
your AC for the season. There is also a shut off on the duct work
to prevent the air from flowing through the humidifier when not
and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
your batteries and test them. Never disconnect them if they're giving
off false alarms or chirping. Instead, tend to them immediately.
Fire won't wait until you get around to fixing them. New laws are
requiring CO2 detectors on every level.
is generally a rainy season and your sump pump may be running more
at this time of the year. Make sure it's in working condition. Fill
up some buckets of water or take a garden hose and fill the pit
until the pump comes on. Test it a couple times. If it doesn't come
on the first time or requires a gentle bump to get it to go on,
fix it. A sump pump has to work every time, without your help. Make
sure the base of the pit is clean.
your vent outside to make sure the flap opens properly and completely.
Disconnect your vent at the base of your dryer and clean it out
with a vacuum. If your vent is clogged, you should consider cleaning
the entire run.
your hoses for cracks or bulges in the rubber. it's recommended
that you replace your hoses with a braided stainless steel type
if you still have the old rubber type.
all of them for an expiration date and make sure the guage reads
the proper level. Keep the proper type for the area. You should
have one in the kitchen, garage, work spaces, and basement. Make
sure everyone in the home knows where they are stored.
your screens for tears. Re-screen as necessary. Install and check
the patio door screen for smooth operation. Adjust as necessary.
Clean the tracks of your patio sliders.
summer coming, lightning storms will be coming too. Don't wait until
summer to check your surge protectors. Lightning can strike a mile
away and travel in the power lines to your home. Electronics are
especially sensitive to any power surges.
and Patio Cleaning:
may power wash or hose down your deck, patio, or furniture. Sodium
Hydrochlorite (clorox) is used to remove mold and mildew. Most contain
5% active ingredient. Name brand means nothing as the compound is
natural and 5% is 5% no matter how you cut it.
great product is Spray Nine. Not only does it kill mold and mildew,
it's a great all around cleaner. It's been approved to kill the
H1N1 virus by the EPA. http://www.spraynine.com/swineflu/
to your patio... Be sure to saturate shrubs before using cleaners
around them. This will prevent them from drinking up the chemical.
It is wise to test an area before cleaning with chemicals.
trying to kill mold or mildew outside, do so in the afternoon when
things are dry. Allow 15-20 minutes of contact before washing off
with water. A standard pump sprayer sold at Lowes or Home Depot
is a great way to apply the cleaning chemicals. Do not use the same
sprayer for spraying your trees, grass, and shrubs.
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