With the official start of spring right around the corner, is your home ready for this change of season? Now that temperatures are increasing a bit and the sun is shining more, you may notice some unsightly things that you haven’t noticed before: dead plants in last year’s flower beds, decomposing leaves in your yard, and weather-worn furniture. In this blog, we’ll highlight five summer maintenance tips for your home that will get everything back into tip-top shape!
- Check Your Gutters
It’s possible that during the cold and snowy winter, your gutters got damaged. Now that things are starting to melt, have a look at your gutters and check for damage. You’ll want to check to see if your gutters are loose or if they have any holes in them that are causing leaks. You want to avoid leaky gutters since this can cause water to get into your basement. Also, ensure that your downspouts are clear of any leaves or other debris.
- Ensure Your Chimney is Not Damaged
Even chimneys can get damaged throughout the winter. You’ll want to take a closer look at your chimney to ensure it’s not damaged. It’s also a good idea to have your chimney flue cleaned by a professional.
- Take a Closer Look at Roof Shingles
You won’t know how your roof held up to the bitter winter months until you go up and check it out for yourself. If you notice that some shingles have become loose, or cracked, or buckled, you’ll need to have them replaced as soon as possible. It’s also important to have the flashing around your chimney and any skylights checked by a professional if you think there may be damage. The summer sun is also hard on roof shingles so make sure you replace them as soon as possible.
- Check Seals Around Windows and Doors
This may not be something on the top of your mind, but the seals around windows and doors can become damaged during the winter. You’ll want to check to make sure these areas aren’t loose, and that they have not hardened or cracked. If you see that there’s some kind of damage, make sure to repair the area. Not only will this get your windows and doors up to par again but once the summer starts and you start using your air conditioner, the cold air won’t leak out of your house.
- Make Sure Your Smoke Detector is Working
Whenever you do seasonal maintenance on your home, it’s always a good time to check and make sure your smoke detector is working. It’s also a great opportunity to change out all of the batteries. Doing this when you do your seasonal maintenance will ensure this potentially lifesaving task is not forgotten.
If you’re looking for a professional to help you most of your seasonal home repairs, give the experts at BestCan a call at 613-226-7611.