Well, the calendar says its Spring and most of the snow has melted, the rivers and streams have gone down, and the sky seems a little bluer and the air feels lighter. So if you haven’t already been outside inspecting what happened to the exterior of your house during this past winter season, now’s the time so you don’t have to spend summer fun time working on those repairs or ‘fix-its.’ Here are some quick tips to get you started:
Downspouts and Gutters:
If there was erratic leaking during the winter, inspect seams for separation and repair. Buildup of ice during the winter could mean that the downspout needs cleaning. Consider gutter guards to keep debris out
Brickwork, Siding & Stucco:
Inspect for spotting and staining. If there is residue on bricks, brush off on a warm, dry day and then seal cracks. Fill in with mortar if necessary.
Inspect Your Roof:
Loose shingles or tiles should be replaced if necessary. Branches and twigs, leaves, pine needles should be swept off if the wind didn’t already do that. If there are many missing or torn shingles, have a professional roofer take care of this for you. Also, if you have skylights, inspect them for complete sealing around the edges.
Clean Your Chimney:
If you burn wood during the winter you should have a chimney sweep come and clean out all the winter residue. It isn’t expensive and should be done at least once a year. Home improvement stores also sell chimney brushes that are easy to use and if you have it handy, you can clean your own stack on a regular basis
Check Your Attic:
The other side of your roof. Check for proper ventilation, leaks, bird nests, critter evidence. Be sure to wear long sleeves, gloves and a dust mask to protect yourself from insulation
Prune Landscaping and Create Good Drainage:
Trim shrubbery so summer growth will look good. Make sure drainage does not settle in a low spot in your lawn, or settle your house foundation.