Regular maintenance keeps your siding looking new and
lasting longer against the elements and unwanted pests. Whether it's
vinyl, wood, or metal siding, all three types need to be maintained
Helps you save on heating and air conditioning bills as well as prevents moisture and insects from entering your home. Like preventing tooth decay, catching decaying wood early can avoid expensive repairs.
Check places like the corners of the trim around doors and windows, the bottom of the trim on doors where it meets the threshold, and the edges of siding where it meets corner boards of the house. If any of these joints are open, caulk them up with caulk rated for exterior use and follow the temperature instructions on the tube.
A leaky or damaged roof can cause major problems to the
inside of your home, resulting in expensive repair costs. You'll want to
inspect both the inside and outside of your home to discover possible
warning signs of roof damage.
Wet basements and rotted wood often mean that there is a
leaky pipe in the walls, a downspout that isn't draining away from the
house, or possibly moisture coming in through a cracked concrete
After the harsh winter cold where you probably kept the heat
going more than usual, you'll want to get the entire system checked to
make sure everything is in working order. Also, if you want to consider
having your air ducts inspected for any mold or dust deposits, now is a
good time to do this.
Though you should be checking your filters once a month, a
good rule of thumb is to get in the habit of checking them at the
beginning of each cooling and heating season (spring and fall). Dirty
filters slow air down, making the system work harder to heat or cool
It prolongs the life of the hot water heater if you remove
minerals left behind in the tank. Clogged drain valves slow down the
efficiency of the hot water heater, costing you more money in the long
Not everyone is comfortable with draining hot water
in this manner due to the possibility of getting scalded and burned.
Consult with a professional plumber who can advise you on the best method to drain your hot water heater.
Throw a bucket of water on your decking to see if you need to reseal. If the water beads up, then your sealant is still working. If the water is absorbed by the decking, then it's time to get some sealant. Not resealing and/or staining your deck every year causes discoloration, dirtiness, roughness, and the likelihood of splintering.
Your lawnmower has been out of commission (or hibernation,
if you will) for several months. You'll need to make sure the oil is
changed, the blade is sharpened, the spark plug is firing, and the fuel
and air filters are clean when the grass starts to green.
Did you accidentally mow over a sprinkler head last year and
you're just now realizing that it's not working properly? Bad valves
and broken irrigation pipes can spell major damage and higher water
bills if you're not careful.
Weeds can quickly overtake your lawn if you don't take
action at the right time. In the same manner that you'd put crabgrass
pre-emergent down in the winter time to stop the growth at the beginning
of the spring, try to get a feel as to when weeds begin to sprout in
your climate area. Count backward three weeks from that time period and
plan to apply a pre-emergent for weeds then.
Overgrown bushes and vegetation don't just create eyesores
for you and your neighbors. By not trimming them back, you're actually
harming the plant/shrub's growth. Also, keep in mind that high bushes
can often be great hiding places for thieves looking to get into your