Spring has arrived, and while this spring is a tad different than most with the outbreak of COVID-19, it is still important that we maintain our quarantine dwellings in order to get your place ready for what will hopefully be a fun-filled summer outdoors. Home maintenance is also a great way to pass the time during quarantine if you are feeling healthy, as it allows you to remain six feet away from other people and you are able to get some much-needed fresh air as you do it.
If you have any questions regarding your home or commercial space’s foundation, please don’t hesitate to give Magnum Piering a call. We provide a wide range of high-quality foundation and helical products for foundation repair projects and would be more than happy to connect you to a certified technician in your area who will get the job done and get it done well.
1. Examine Your Roof
Be sure to take a good look at your roof and examine the shingles to see if any were lost or damaged over the winter. If you have an older roof and are starting to notice some signs of wear, it is a good idea to start budgeting for a replacement as the summer sun can cause further damage to shingles. If you do notice any shingles that are loose, cracked, buckled, or missing, they will need to be replaced by a qualified roofer.
2. Check the Gutters
After checking out your roof, you are going to want to take a close look at your gutters to ensure that they aren’t loose or leaky. If your gutters aren’t draining properly, this can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. You will also want to be sure that downspouts are draining away from your foundation and are clear of any debris, as this could lead to serious damage to your foundation and ultimately the rest of your home.
3. Inspect Your Foundation
This is one of the most important steps that also can be easily overlooked. Your foundation is what is holding your home together, so it is crucial that you take a good look at it every spring in order to ensure that there aren’t any cracks or other signs of damage. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for areas that bulge or lean which can indicate an uneven load on your foundation.
If you do notice signs of damage, you will want to contact a professional foundation repair technician. At Magnum Piering, we are extremely knowledgeable on all things foundation repair and helical products and would be more than happy to help you find an experienced foundation repair technician in your area. That way, you can feel good knowing your home is in good hands.
4. Use Compacted Soil for Low Areas
Be sure to use compacted soil to fill the low areas in your yard next to the foundation. Spring rains often cause yard flooding that can lead to flooding foundation and damage, and can also become breeding grounds for insects when the water pools in these low areas.
If you have already experienced damage to your foundation, be sure to contact Magnum Piering. We would be more than happy to help you with finding a reliable contractor in your area who utilizes only the highest-quality helical products to assist you with your foundation repair project.
5. Inspect Your Chimney
Be sure to take a good look at the exterior of your chimney for any signs of damage. You will also want to have your flue cleaned and examined by a certified chimney sweep in order to ensure it is in good shape and free of any pests who may have hidden out during the cold winter months.
6. Move Any Firewood
If you have any firewood stored near the home, be sure to move it and have it stored at least two feet from the structure of your home and at least 18 inches off of the ground. This helps to prevent any pests from creating a home in between the logs and giving them easy access inside of your house.
7. Check Your Lawn Equipment
After a long period of sitting in storage during the winter months, it isn’t uncommon for your lawn equipment not to start up right away. In order to fix this issue, you will want to change the gas in your mower. This is because the humid winter months likely caused water vapor to condense inside of the carburetor and fuel tank, and gas mixed with water is not ideal for spark formation.
If changing the gas doesn’t work, try cleaning or even changing the spark plug.
8. Clean Vents, Filters, and Drains
Be sure to take a good look at the areas and appliances inside of your home that often get overlooked, such as vents, filters, and drains. This includes:
- Giving your dishwasher a deep clean
- Changing out your air filter
- Deep cleaning air vents/ducts
- Unclogging and cleaning out drains of your sinks, showers, and disposal
With all of the dust and allergens that come with the spring season, it is a good idea to get a head-start on cleaning in order to provide your home with fresh filters, vents, and drains.
9. Touch-Up Painting
The paint on the exterior of your home takes a beating throughout the year from storms, high winds, and so forth. Be sure to touch up those areas of your home, shed, or fences where the paint is starting to deteriorate in order to avoid long-term damage and make your place look fresh and new. As this isn’t typically a task you will have to revisit every year, it is important to follow the proper painting procedures for prepping, priming, and repainting these areas.
10. Prepare Your Garden
If gardening is your gig and you enjoy a nice vegetable, herb, or flower garden during the warm spring and summer months, you will have some prep work to complete before it’s ready for seeds or seedlings. Start by removing any weeds and leaves and then turning or tilling the soil. Then, you will want to add the appropriate fertilizers for your plant life. If you perform these tasks early in the season, you will have more time to enjoy watching your garden grow.
By starting with these ten tasks to help maintain your home and get it prepped for spring and summer, you are not only freshening up your space but also helping to increase the lifespan of your home. This can be a great task to do as a family during the quarantine period, and will allow everyone in the family to get some nice fresh air while still socially distancing from those outside of the house.