The groundhog was wrong this year! When he said and early spring, my ears heard “WINTER IS OVER”. Unfortunately winter just keeps dragging on. It won’t be long though and we will have our first signs of spring, birds chirping, sun shining, flowers peeking through in our gardens.
Here are some things that you can do to get ready for spring.
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.
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.
From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
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.
Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.
Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.
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.
Think positive everyone – spring WILL arrive soon!