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After the long, dark cold winter and spring begins you’re probably ready to hit the ground running and get summer started. Before your summer fun can begin there are a few things you should check up on in and around your home to ensure everything is in top shape. Consider these 10 easy home maintenance tips every spring and you’re sure to have a great summer without the worry and stress of sudden home repairs.

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1. Examine Roof Shingles

Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer

2. Repair Wood Trim, Porches & Decks

Use a screwdriver or drill to tighten and repair the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Reseal any areas of the trim that are beginning to show small signs of wear and tear. The same must be done for wooden porches and decks. Tighten up and loose boards or railings and reseal if needed. The best way to determine if you need to seal your wood again is to run cold water over the wood. If it beads and runs off you're all set. If it soaks in and stains the wood with water it's time for a reseal. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.

3. Check your Gutters

Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

4. Put down new Soil

Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.

5. Inspect the Concrete

Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.

6. Move Firewood

Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.

7. Check Outside Faucets

Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

8. Check Power Equipment

Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yardwork easier.

9. Check Outside Faucets

Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

10. Service the AC Unit

And most importantly (In out Humble Opinion), have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service your entire Air Conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently than dirty ones and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Your tech will inspect the equipment for any sign of worn mechanical or electrical parts. Every component must be checked and tested to ensure continued, safe operation. The outdoor unit must be cleaned with the manufacturer’s recommended chemicals and the system operation should be thoroughly tested to ensure there are no refrigerant leaks and that the out door unit and furnace are operating cohesively.

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Article by Justin Meagher

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