Spring is finally almost here, and it will be time for the transition to warmer weather. You prepare your home for winter, and hot days can be just as harsh. Get your home ready by performing the following five home services as winter ends.
Check for Air Leaks
Those last cold days are the perfect time to check for air leaks. Chilly drafts will make it easier to find leaks around doors and window. Fill in gaps and cracks with caulk or weather stripping. You’ll prevent the loss of warm air during the last cold days and be ready to keep the cool air in once summer hits.
Inspect Your Roof
Snow, ice, and winter winds can wreak havoc on a roof. As soon as the ice is gone for good, climb up a ladder and take a look, especially if the roof is over 20 years old. Hire a professional if you are uncomfortable doing this. Look for torn or missing shingles. They could indicate problems that go deeper into the roof’s structure and other home components. If you find any, get a professional roofing company out to take care of the problem.
Check the Gutters
Now is the time to check your gutters for any damage. Snow and ice can loosen fasteners causing systems to pull away from the house. They’re easily fixed with new gutter screws. Make sure to remove any leftover winter debris such as leaves and twigs. Now your roof and gutter systems will be prepared for heavy spring rains.
Clean Your Air Ducts
Uninvited guests such as rodents and other critters like to seek out warm places to spend the last cold days. It’s a good time to have your ducts cleaned by a professional. They have the tools and expertise to do the job. Not only will you improve the air quality inside your home, your HVAC system will also work better for the summer as well.
Test Your Sump Pump
Plumbing professionals from Jim Dhamer Plumbing and Sewer, Inc. say that the last days of winter or early, early spring are a good time to have your sump pump tested. A sump pump’s job is to keep your basement or crawl space dry. They work like a drain and suck up water through a pipe to release the water outside. “This is very important to prevent flooding from heavy spring and summer storms,” Jim says. “It will also reduce the chance of unhealthy mold.”