Spring Home Maintenance Checklist


Spring is nearly here and, despite the mild winter, it’s important to take a comprehensive look at your home as it may be in need of routine maintenance.  Choose a warm day and walk around the house.  Here are just a few of the areas that should be inspected according to Bob Vila at bobvila.com.

Roof.  Don’t climb up on the roof.  Most problems can be seen from the ground with careful inspection using binoculars.  Look for obvious signs of problems such as cracked or missing shingles.  Less obvious signs include shifting of shingles or nails that have popped and caused the shingles to lift.

Chimney.  Are the joints between the bricks or stones in good repair or have they shifted or fallen? Is there any plant growth?  These conditions may indicate water infiltration.  White calcium deposits indicate that the joints may be absorbing water and require resealing.

Exterior Walls and Gutters.  Check for water spots which might be a sign that the gutters and downspouts are not functioning properly.  Check wood siding for damage and signs of insects.

Foundation.  Look for cracks. Don’t attempt to repair them yourself with caulking.  Hire a foundation specialist to ensure a proper repair and prevent further damage.

Windows.  Check to see that the caulking and weather stripping is in place and holding a tight seal.  Condensation inside the glass on double and triple glazed windows indicates that the seal has been compromised and the glass or window will need to be replaced.

Attic.  Check for insect and rodent damage.  Search for mold which may look like gray-black staining.  The presence of mold may indicate that insulation and/or ventilation is inadequate.

Basement.  Check carefully for dampness and mold.  You may need to address ventilation and use a dehumidifier.  Check the foundation for cracks and use a flashlight to check exposed framing.  Call a pest control company if you discover even a quarter inch of tunneling in wood.

Leaks. Check the sinks, dishwasher and laundry room for leaky faucets and clogged drains, and sweaty pipes.  Look for signs of dampness.  Are pipes properly sealed?  Do hoses have cracks, leaks, or bulges?  Does the hot water heater show signs of corrosion and leaks?  Don’t wait to address these issues.

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