Everyone knows winters in the midwest can really take a toll on your home. Best practice is to run through a checklist before every spring to keep the damage to a minimum. Our experts at All-Weather put together a list of 7 easy tasks you can complete around your home to ensure it’s ready for spring:
Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts
When debris builds up in your gutters and downspouts, it can wreak havoc on your home. This is especially the case if your home has a basement. Whether it be pine needles, leaves, or any other object that can find its way into your gutters, they will backup and cause an overflow and increase the chances of roof problems as well.
Check Roof for Winter Damage
Cold weather can severely damage your home and sometimes cause damage to your roof can be out of sight and out of mind. Wind can blow your shingles around. Snow and ice can create expansion that lifts these shingles up or loosens them. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your roof before every spring to make sure there are no “hidden” issues.
Clean Your Chimney
The Chimney Safety Institute of America states, “Creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire.” You can prevent this from becoming an issue by having your chimney inspected by a professional to ensure safety and it remains in proper working condition.
Inspect Your Siding
No matter if you have wood, vinyl, or aluminum siding, it’s extremely important to regularly clean it. This will help maintain its beauty. We recommend checking your siding after each season to check for any damage or leakage into your home. All-Weather proudly offers Modern Resin Siding by SmartSide, which is specifically designed to be weather resistant while also fighting against decay, fungi, and termites.
Check Your HVAC Unit
It’s important to call a professional for this. It’s best to stay ahead of maintenance so they don’t turn into problems. Repairing any potential problems now will save you lots of money later on. This will also prevent you from calling a repairman during surge timing (like nights and weekends).
Check Your Entry and Patio Doors
Don’t forget to make sure your doors are safe AND energy efficient. If you have any issues of your doors not functioning properly, now is the perfect time to replace them with energy-efficient doors. The savings from your utility bills will make it worthwhile.
Maximize Your Windows
Windows and screens are so much more than simply a barrier to keep things in and out of your home. Replacement windows can protect against harmful UV rays and offer low maintenance. If you discover that any of your windows are allowing too much airflow to sneak through, or some of your screens are damaged, spring is the perfect time to replace those energy wasters with energy-efficient windows.
Call All-Weather in Kansas City to have your home inspected and repaired. You can even schedule your appointment online! Nothing beats knowing a professional will be there to help you prevent further damage to your home.