It’s hard to think about warm weather in negative degree weather, but thinking about how to prepare your home for spring will come sooner than you think!
1.) Check the Gutters: Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.
2.) Use Compacted Soil: Low areas in the 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.
3.) Inspect the Concrete: Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
4.) Check the Outside Faucets: Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.ts:
5.) Move Firewood: Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.
6.) Service the AC unit: Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.
Hoping for warm weather sooner rather than later. Make sure to check these off your list so you’re ready for outdoor family time!