Old Man Winter was pretty tame this year...
But now that the outside is starting to wake up from it’s long winter nap, there are a few things you should do to prevent extra work and worse yet, costly damage:
• Take a look at your shingles. Missing or damaged shingles can lead to water leaks and internal structural damage. These should be replaced as soon as possible. Flashing around vents, skylights and chimneys should be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
• Check and clean out your gutters. Clogged gutters can not only cause roof leaks and foundation leaks, but can also start pulling away from your house from the added weight. Clean out any debris and caulk any leaking joints to properly move the water away from your house. Replace any missing downspouts and point them several feet away from the foundation to prevent water running down the foundation wall and into your basement or crawlspace.
• Move Firewood away from your home. During the winter, having a good supply of wood for your fireplace nearby was convenient. Now, as it’s warming up and you aren’t using the wood on a regular basis, consider moving it away from the house to prevent termites from moving in.
• Check and service your AC unit. After sitting dormant for the winter, older air conditioners can have trouble starting up for the season. Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the unit. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, change it now and add a reminder in your calendar for every month. A clogged filter makes the unit run harder and less efficiently.
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