Spring is eagerly anticipated through our long Colorado winters. Given that, we often forget to take on all the essential home and lawn maintenance that’s generally been hidden by snow the past several months. We’ve got you covered.
Here’s our spring maintenance checklist with 12 maintenance tips to help you find and repair any winter damage, keep up with deferred repairs, and get your home ready for summer rain and storms.
1. Damage Inspection
This starts with a walk around your home looking for winter damage. It’s so much better to spot damage early before it can become a bigger problem. Things to watch for include loose or missing shingles, damaged siding, gutter and downspout issues, sidewalk or driveway cracks, and chimney damage.
2. Foundation Check
Snow, ice, and later snowmelt can cause significant damage to your basement or crawl space. Review the foundation from both the outside and inside. Look for cracks, leaks, and shifts in the walls. Even small cracks can lead to leaks and under heavy rain result in flooding. We can help with a free inspection.
3. Yard Cleanup
Snow is good for covering up all the debris that’s collected in our yard. In the spring, remove the fallen tree limbs, rake the leaves, cut back ornamental grasses, and put down fresh mulch.
4. Tree and Shrub Trimming
Spring is usually the best time for pruning trees and shrubs. Remove dead branches. Trim back tree limbs that are threatening your roof. It’s also a good idea to clear space so sun and airflow can enter around your home to help reduce the risk of mold and mildew on siding.
5. Gutter and Downspout Cleaning
Gutters and downspouts move water off your roof, onto the ground, and away from the foundation. But they need to be cleaned twice a year. Clean out all the leaves and make sure everything is working before the rains come that can lead to basement or crawl space flooding.
6. Outdoor Plumbing and Equipment Inspection
While snow can cover up things, it can also cause damage. Inspect outdoor faucets, sprinkler system, heat pump or AC unit, pool equipment, and anything else you’ve got out there. Plumbers and HVAC experts are your friends to get things back in tip-top shape.
7. Outdoor Drain Flush
Take care of buried drains, storm drains, and other rainwater management systems around your home. Clear out clogs with a plumbing snake. A pressure washer can also come in handy to remove grime and keep drain covers clean and looking good.
8. Lawn Seeding
Look for any thin or bare spots and use the matching seed for your lawn and climate. Spring is the best time for seed germination and growth before the heat and dry summer weather. Consider a lawn seed blanket on slopes to help keep the seed in place while it puts down roots.
9. Pest Control
Termites, ants, or even burrowing animals can cause a great deal of damage to your home. Spring is a great time to check the perimeter of your home to look for damage or cracks that could be an open door for pests. Looking at the eaves of your roof is a good idea as well. Carpenter bees, bats, birds, and squirrels can also do a great deal of damage.
10. Foundation Landscape Maintenance
Protecting your foundation is all about controlling the water around it. Check to make sure that any window wells are clear of growth and sealed against rain. Make sure mulch and shrubs are not too close. Watch for root growth near the foundation as well.
11. Siding and Deck Pressure Washing
Spring is a great time to clean up everything. That includes power washing siding and decks. Make sure you use the right settings for the type of wood on your deck and the type of siding. For example, some vinyl siding companies recommend using liquid soap.
12. Summer Project Planning
You’ve probably been collecting a list of home improvements you’d like to make. After a spring inspection, you can add the repairs you’ve found and formalize the summer project list.
With many experiencing much more time at home than usual over the past year, improvements could include adding more space. From home offices to gyms or fan caves, basements can be the answer. But they need to be fully waterproofed before you can really start.
We can help you with whatever foundation issues you may find in your spring maintenance inspection. Whether you’re in Colorado Springs, Denver, or anywhere in eastern Colorado, contact us for a free inspection and repair estimate.