Finally, spring is here! That’s right, open up the windows and let in some fresh air! Spring is a great time to assess what big projects you want to take on this year. It’s time to bring your yard back to life after a long winter!
The temperatures are finally around 40°-50°, and the sun is starting to shine brighter, summer is not too far away! Spring is a great time to look at the exterior of your house more closely to identify any issues that might have come up over the winter. Take a walk around the outside of your house:
- Does anything look out of place?
- Are any pieces of siding starting to separate?
- Did any shingles lift over the winter? Do you see any bare spots on your roof?
- Do your gutters still look strong or do some areas look damaged because of ice?
These are things that you want to fix now before any long term damage is done! A quick fix now can save you a lot of time and money in the future.
As you start to assess your house this spring, here are 3 things to keep in mind:
1. Lawn Care
Is your lawn looking muddy, yellow maybe even full of leaves and sticks leftover from fall?
- Check on your flower beds: pull away mulch and dead leaves to make room for perennials to start growing and to help prevent mold. Compost old, rotting flowers from the previous year.
- Do you notice any water or large puddles near your foundation? This is a sign that your lawn needs to be regraded! Water should always be running away from your foundation. If you catch it early, you can simply use topsoil to regrade your lawn away from your foundation. If it’s been a problem for a while, you might have to call and get a professional to come in and regrade it for you.
- Now is a great time to prune trees and bushes and compost old leaves.
- Tip: Don’t dethatch your lawn until you mow! When new grass shoots are still young, you could destroy them with dethatching too soon.
2. Pressure Washing
Pressure washing the exterior of your house can wash away unwanted stubborn dirt and buildup throughout the year.
However, pressure washing can be dangerous and damage your siding and deck if not done correctly.
- Start from a good distance and let soap and water work. Too many people try to get so close and end up doing more damage than good.
- Because of the high amounts of pressure, water and debris could shoot back at you. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes!
- Don’t have the pump engaged when you start the unit.
- If you are a beginner, use both hands to hold on. The high amount of pressure could surprise you.
- Never put soap and chemicals in places they don’t belong! Don’t force water into sealed places.
- The chemicals can become hard when dried, so make sure you clean up properly! Store the nozzles in a downward position.
Are your gutters ready for the rain this spring?
Old leaves and branches can clog up your gutters resulting in possible water damage to your house. Well maintained gutters keep the water flow away from the house! It’s good practice to clean out your gutters twice a year, spring and fall.
- Make sure you have a sturdy ladder.
- Leaves from the fall have found a home in your gutter for the winter, now it’s time to clear them out so the water can run freely.
- If you see any leaks, now is the time to make repairs so your gutters are ready for spring.
- A good gutter screen bought at any local hardware store is well worth the money! A little extra time now could save you hundreds in water damage!