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March 2015: Spring Maintenance
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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Q. What tasks should I do around my house in the spring?

A. It’s time for our spring home maintenance checklist of what you should be doing around the house during the spring months. Here’s a handy list:

  • Check and change the furnace filter.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust, duct, damper and space under the dryer.
  • Inspect the roof for potential leaks.
  • Check for damaged, raised or missing flashing and shingles.
  • Check vents, louvers and chimney caps for bird’s nests and debris.
  • Check the underside of the roof in the attic and under the eaves for water stains.
  • Check the attic for proper ventilation and insulation.
  • Check for overhanging tree limbs, and trim if needed.
  • Inspect the foundation and basement for signs of termite infestation.
  • Check the basement or crawl space for dampness and/or leakage.
  • Check to make sure the sump pump (if present) is operating correctly.
  • Clean leaves and other debris away from an outdoor air conditioning unit.
  • Disconnect the air conditioner and wash off the fins on the exterior of the unit.
  • Caulk and paint the seams and edges of plywood or hardboard composite siding.
  • Check brick veneer for cracks that are wider than 1/16 inch.
  • Check for soft mortar joints or missing mortar.
  • Remove vines growing on the house, siding, brick or mortar.
  • Check vinyl and aluminum siding for cracks and damage.
  • Check wood siding for peeling paint and damaged wood.
  • Check the grading around the house — the ground should slope away from the house for proper drainage.
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts, and check downspout extenders.
  • Inspect gutters for signs of sagging, damage or rust.
  • Check wooden decks for deterioration and repair or seal when necessary.
  • Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways, patios and walks.
  • Check window and door frames for exposed wood and repair before the spring rains cause more damage.
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for cracks and signs of damage.
  • Move firewood stored close to the house. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the house.
  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage.
  • Check gas- and battery-powered lawn machines and tools to be sure they are ready for spring and summer use.

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