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06 Apr

Home Maintenance, Spring Cleaning Tips from SR Homes

Home Maintenance, Spring Cleaning Tips from SR Homes

It is officially spring-cleaning season! While it is easy to get bogged down with typical spring cleaning chores, such as dusting, mopping and home organizing, take some time to perform basic home maintenance tasks. After a cold winter, most homes need some TLC and the warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get it done.

Here are a few home maintenance and spring cleaning tips to keep your home happy this season:

Exterior

  • Rooftop and Chimney – Cold winter temperatures and storms can wreak havoc on roofs, so once the warm weather begins to hit, it is a great time to examine and assess the potential damage. To prevent the possibility of water damage, look for popped nails and cracked or missing shingles. Be sure to also inspect the chimney’s exterior and hire a chimney sweep professional to clean and examine the flue.
  • Gutters – Be mindful of clogged, loose or leaking gutters. Improper gutter draining during April showers could result in basement and crawlspace leaks, as well as unwanted water stains from gutter downspouts.
  • Exterior Walls and Foundation – From brick or wood to stucco siding, it is always a good idea to check for trouble spots. Outdoor critters notoriously find their way inside through cracks and siding openings. Additionally, be sure to inspect for masonry cracks in the exposed foundation.
  • Windows – Any window or window frame cracks or leaks will allow cool inside air to escape as well as bring warm outside air in. To test if windows are leaking air, light a candle and hold it up to the edges of window. If the candle’s flame is blown out or flickers, it is likely that you have a draft that needs to be resealed. If experiencing condensation between the double-paned glass, replacement may be necessary.

Interior

  • Air Conditioning – A functioning air conditioner is a must for springtime and summers in Georgia. To ensure your air conditioner is at its peak performance, start by changing out air filters, ensuring proper drainage and checking hose connections. Contact a professional for a more detailed tune-up.
  • Attics – Beyond basements and crawlspaces, water damage can also occur in the attic. Inspect the attic for signs of mold, such as black or gray blemishes, and make sure the insulation and ventilation are in good shape to prevent mold growth.
  • Basement – Specifically in Georgia, basements often attract humidity and heat, which means they are prone to both mold and insects. Assess the base of walls for cracks, as well as exposed framework for inset damage. If excessively damp or humid, consider using a dehumidifier. A contractor should be able to install a drain line from the dehumidifier to the exterior of the house, eliminating the need to manually empty the unit.

Outdoors

  • Lawns – April showers bring May flowers, so now is the perfect time to get planting and prep your yard. Scour the lawn for weeds and rake away remaining debris and leaves. Consider purchasing an organic herbicide to prevent additional weed growth and spread. In regard to impending spring showers and potential yard flooding, it is a good idea to use a compacted soil near the home’s foundation.
  • Decks and Patios – Fluctuating winter temperatures can easily warp and splinter wooden decks. While sweeping away debris, be sure to look for warped, loose or splintered boards. If the deck’s finish is faded or worn, it may also be time to clean, stain and reseal it to thwart future issues. For those with a stone or concrete patio, simply sweep and hose it down or pressure wash with water.

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