April 16, 2019 at 9:38am | Barb Huntley
Winter coats are packed away, shovels and sleds put back into storage, and your windows are open letting in the fresh spring air. But, before you get to relax this spring, make sure you complete the following maintenance tasks to ensure your home is ready for the new season.
 
Clean Out Your Gutters –Your gutters are essential to routing runoff water away from the foundation of your home, so you’ll want to make sure they are cleared of any clogging. Debris and runoff will be stuck in your gutters as the melting snow and rain make it way down your roof. Get out a ladder and working gloves and clean out all leaves and twigs from your gutters. Hose down any leftover debris once you’ve cleared the larger items.

Check Your Outdoor Faucets – Hopefully, you turned off your faucets before winter hit so now it’s time to turn them back on and clear out your water pipes. By running your faucets, sprinklers, and hoses, you can check if they are clogged. If you can put a finger over the opening of your hose or faucet and the water stops, that’s a sign there could be damage that needs to be checked out by a professional.

Sweep the Garage – Melted snow brings in a surprising amount of dirt into your garage. On a dry day take the time to clear out your garage and give it a thorough sweeping.

Clean Your Deck – Scrub away the dirt and grime snow coverage left on your deck. Then, take your house and spray away all the remaining debris. Wipe down any furniture or chairs that lasted outside this winter or if you stored them away take them out and wash them down before you use them all spring.

Remove Dead Plants – Heavy snowfall can damage bushes and shrubs. If you see that any are dead, remove them and plant a new item that will flourish this spring.

Clean Windows – Snowfall leaves your exterior windows with a layer of dirt. Wash them and inspect them for any cracks.

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