5 Spring Must-Dos
Now that winter is finally coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about home maintenance. It’s important to inspect your home for any damage or wear and tear that occurred during the winter months. This is especially true for walls and other surfaces that may be hiding cracks, holes, or other signs of damage. With this in mind, here are five spring home maintenance must-dos for every homeowner and instructions on how you can patch walls like a pro.
1. Clean Gutters
One of the easiest things you can do when it comes to spring home maintenance is to clean out your gutters. During the cold winter months, debris can accumulate in your gutters and cause clogs. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage if they are not cleared out on a regular basis. To avoid water damage, make sure you check your gutters at least once a year and clean them out if necessary.
2. Inspect Roof
Another spring must-do is inspecting your roof for any signs of wear or tear. Look for cracked shingles or missing tiles that may have been dislodged by heavy snowfall or windy days during the winter months. If you find any damaged areas, contact a professional roofer right away so they can repair the issue before more serious problems occur.
3. Check Windows
It’s also important to inspect your windows and replace any broken seals or cracked panes with new ones as soon as possible before air leaks start occurring and energy bills skyrocket due to inefficient insulation. Also, check for drafts around window frames which may indicate air leakage from outside sources such as wind blowing through gaps in the wall framing near windowsills where old weatherstripping may have worn down over time.
4. Examine Walls
Checking for cracks in walls is also an important part of spring home maintenance, especially if there has been cold weather during the winter months that could have caused expansion in drywall materials leading to larger cracks over time. To patch walls like a pro, first, ensure that all loose material has been removed by using either a putty knife or wire brush then fill the gap with the spackling paste using a putty knife until it is flush with the wall surface. Allow the paste to dry completely before sanding down excess material until the finished surface is smooth. Finally, apply primer then paint over the patched area.
5. Test Smoke Alarms
Last but certainly not least, make sure you test all smoke alarms throughout the house at least twice per year ( once each season ) and change batteries when necessary so they will work properly in case of emergency. In addition, install carbon monoxide detectors where applicable since this type of detector cannot be tested like smoke alarms.
These five steps should be done regularly every spring as part of a home maintenance regimen but are especially important this year due to colder-than-usual winters which could have caused additional wear and tear on homes across the country. Taking the time now to inspect, repair , and update elements of your house will ensure safety plus add value should you decide to sell the property down line. So get started today – happy patching!