Well, it’s that time of the year again,
“The spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the boidie is.”
We at MSZ Restoration and Contracting know how long the list can get while winter was hanging around. Where to start is the usual question. So were jotted down a few things you may want to consider before summer is upon us. A little preventative maintenance will put your mind at ease and put the sparkle back in your home or business from the winter months.
1) Check Surfaces
Look at all your surfaces to see if there is degradation. For instance; are your steps in poor condition, deck rotting, outdoor flooring in need of attention? These are things that can cause someone to slip and fall and can introduce safety issues if not attended to. Fixing them now, can save you agitation in the winter and cause for concern. Consider our SureDeck, SureStep or SmartTread products as a long term solution. Take a look at some of our pictures to see what we have done in our gallery.
2) Examine Roof Shingles
Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during the winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer. How to investigate for a roof leak video.
3) Check the Gutters
Take a look at your gutters, if they are leaking or loose you could see poor drainage which could lead to water in your basement or a crawl space. Look at your down spouts, make certain they drain away from your foundation and clear them of debris. Here’s a video on how to do this clean up. Gutter cleaning video from Lowe’s.
4) Inspect the Wood Trim
Probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks with a screwdriver. Take care of any issues before rain does damage to any wood that is exposed.
5) Use Compacted Soil
Low areas in your yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.
6) Examine the Chimney
Check your chimney for any damage. Clean out your flue and have it inspected by a certified chimney sweep. Here is a video on how to check.
7) Inspect the Concrete
Look at your concrete; cracks or any movement. The slabs should all drain away from the foundation or any structures. The only exception for this is around your pool. Take the time to fill in cracks. When you have good weather seal the concrete after a power-wash.
8) Check Outside Faucets
Take a close look for freeze damage to your faucets. Also take a look at the hose for any dry rot.
9) Service the AC Unit
Summer is warm up time and your air conditioner and heating system should be checked. Have an A/C contractor come out and service system; cleaning the coils will keep your costs down and be more efficient. Change the filters regularly.
10) Mold awareness
Look for any mold that may have developed over the winter in all areas. Now is the time to have it taken care of. Dry it out properly and have a specialist, such as MSZ come to clean it up properly. It can lead to far worse situations later.
Like any schedule, your attention to maintenance is important to catch any potential issues early. Both to fix and to minimize the trouble and keep costs to a minimum.