Winter can do a number on your home. When you do an inspection on a nice day, you may see signs of damage from harsh weather, debris on the lawn, and signs of impending problems you'll want to take care of as soon as you can.
Check For Moisture Problems
Once the ice and snow are gone, make sure that they did not leave you with a moisture problem that could breed mold. If you had ice dams form on your roof, melting snow may have met a heavy barrier of ice when trying to melt. Rather than falling from your roof, the water might have leaked inside your home through cracks and openings in the roof covering. As a result, you may have unexpected moisture in your attic, insulation, and interior walls and ceilings. If this happens, frequently check for signs of mold growth. Otherwise, since the problem is caused by heat loss, your plan of action before another winter is clear:
• Repair leaks and any damage to your roof.
• Seal air leakage path between the attic and your house.
• Increase insulation on your ceiling and underside of your roof.
As you inspect the exterior of your house, make sure to check for any other areas where you see loose siding, damage on decks or other outside structures, dislodged weather stripping or caulk, or damaged gutters. When you're done, prioritize what needs to be fixed.
Clean Up Your Yard
After a winter, your lawn may appear dingy, an issue you can address with fertilizers in a couple months. For now, pick up the tree branches, old leaves, and trash that has blown into your yard to make it easier to work on the lawn when the time comes, and to instantly improve curb appeal. At this point, you can assess what decks, walkways, retaining walls, etc. need to be power washed. If you've been dreaming about your garden all winter long, now's the time to make sure you have all the tools and supplies you need, so that you can start working on it when it gets a bit warmer.
Replenish, Recharge, Replace
Springtime is a good time to check that all safety equipment in your home is working correctly. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors may need the battery changed, and fire extinguishers need to be checked for potential recharging.
In the spring, even the inside of your house needs a break. During heating season, your furnace has probably worked overtime to keep you warm, and in the process accumulated plenty of dust and dirt. Make spring a good time to check your furnace filter, air filter, whole house filter, and humidifier filters to see if they need replacing. While equipment manufacturers don't recommend that you change filters as often as they did in the past, a quick look will tell you if the filters are dirty and need replacement.
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