This time of year is a good time to start thinking about what home improvements need to be fulfilled for the spring, and how exactly you are going to execute them. Even the smallest accomplishments can go a long way. So, when the spring season is upon us, and you are ready to come out of hibernation, you should survey your home and kick start any potential repairs. The following will provide all necessary information and tips that you should consider before the warmer weather is upon us.
First, start with the roof of your home. Once any ice has melted, check for loose or leaky gutters. It is imperative that you check for improper drainage, as this can cause serious damage to your home. Be mindful of pooling water around the perimeter of your home, which will signal a potential problem with your gutters. Make sure that downspouts drain water away from the foundation. Standing water around your yard can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and make it difficult for grass to grow. To correct this issue, you may want to consider adding a French pump to your downspouts. Also, fill any low areas in your yard with compacted soil. Next, you will want to inspect your roof or have it inspected by someone sure-footed. Any winter weather conditions that you may have endured could have resulted in cracks, breaches to shingles or tar, or fallen branches. Have any damages corrected.
Next, around the perimeter of your home, you will want to survey the area for any property damages. Inspect the area to be sure that no animals have burrowed in to less-used spaces. This includes attics, basements, and invasive areas such as holes and cracks in walls or windows. Also, be attentive to cracked or shifted concrete around your home. Make certain that concrete is draining water away from the foundation of your home. This type of home improvement should include the use a silicone caulk or concrete crack filler.
Another very important assessment that should be made following the winter season should include, checking your window glazing to be sure that there is no breaching. Glazing is what binds the glass and wood together. You will want to consider making this type of home improvement when the weather warms up because windows will have a tendency to crack if you are experiencing colder weather conditions. Inoperable windows will only waste energy and burn money in your pocket. Check for rot or spaces in the weather-stripping that would potentially allow for air or water to leak through. Not all problems, however, will warrant a major home improvement. You may just need to call a contractor to take routine measures that include resealing the windows and restoring the frames and panes to a “like new” order. Some issues, however, may require the use of a skilled contractor to complete your home improvement needs.