6 Must-Do Outdoor Spring Home Maintenance Tasks
May 08, 2019
With spring in full-force, homeowners are often faced with the destruction and damage left behind from winter’s thaw.
In Canada, there’s no denying that Spring can still be moderately “confused” with its weather. Many days are spent with torrential downpour, sunshine with blue skies and the occasional random snowfall in between.
With the sunshine finally making a more consistent reappearance, here are the six must-do outdoor home maintenance tasks to transition between seasons.
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to really spruce up the exterior of your home. However, unbeknownst to many homeowners, there is a strategy in choosing the best month to tackle outdoor paint jobs. Try to hold off painting until mid-May as you’ll have to wait until the weather is a little bit more consistent and dry.
Painting in the summer is nearly impossible if the weather becomes too humid as paint can’t dry properly in intense humidity. On the flip side, if it dries too fast in extreme heat, the wood or material can warp from the paint drying unevenly. Take advantage of tepid or lukewarm temperatures. In the words of Goldilocks, not too hot, not too cold — but just right.
Check the condition of decks, fences and other outdoor structures
Outdoor structures such as decks, fences and playgrounds don’t have the same amount of protection as your home does, especially if they’re made from wood. You’ll want to check their condition to see if any maintenance is required.
Keep in mind, these outdoor structures are exposed to the elements year-round, therefore they’re much more prone to wear and tear. Check your deck and fence for any signs of deterioration.
Look for any cracking or decay, rust or corrosion on hardware or missing and loose bolts and nuts. Make sure your stairs, railings and deck boards are all structurally sound. If anything feels loose, nail them down or replace them entirely.
Clear out the eavestroughs
It might seem like you can skip this step for another year. However, clearing out the eavestroughs is an important part of protecting your home from water damage.
Over the winter, debris and roof material can collect in your eavestroughs and can often be too large to be washed away with rain alone. Clearing your eavestroughs will also help prevent water from backing up underneath your shingles and getting into your roof’s structure.
Another way to prevent clogging is by installing a screen guard that sits over the eavestrough. This prevents any leaves or debris to fall in. It also eliminates the chore of cleaning the gutters.
Check the Caulking around your windows
Walk around your home and take a look at the caulking around windows and doors. If it’s cracked or missing, replace it. Rubberized exterior caulking is the best option due to its durability. The material allows for expansion and contraction in changing temperatures so that the seal doesn’t break.
Change your furnace filter
When it comes to your home’s energy efficiency, your furnace has to work a lot harder if your filter is dirty. In the summer months, your furnace works alongside your air conditioner to help circulate the cool air throughout your home.
Neglecting your furnace filter on your spring maintenance to-do list can also significantly impact the quality of the air you might be breathing in. Cleaning the furnace filter to remove dust build-ups, makes it easier to regulate your home’s temperature, and ultimately decrease utility bills.
Vacuum out dust and debris around your furnace to make sure nothing blocks air flow. If you suspect any parts of your furnace need to be replaced, bring in a professional to expect the unit. As long as you’ve completed with regular maintenance check-ups and air filter changes, furnaces should last for many years.
When in doubt, having your system checked & tuned-up by a certified HVAC professional can be one of the smartest decisions you make for your home’s safety and comfort.
Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have sensing technologies that work together to detect fires and the odorless, colorless, tasteless gas known as CO – the silent killer.
Your smoke alarm should have a test button on the cover that lets you know it’s working. Hold the Test button down for a minimum of 5 seconds. An alarm will sound to let you know if the electronic circuitry, horn and battery are working. If no alarm sounds, check the fuse or circuit breaker supplying power to the alarm circuit. If the alarm still does not sound, the unit may have defective batteries or another failure.
Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure proper operation. The erratic or low sound coming from your smoke alarm may indicate a defective alarm and should be replaced.
Giving your home the maintenance attention it needs is an important spring activity to ensuring the longevity of your property and impacts your quality of life. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy for the rest of the summer.
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