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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Check your deck for weaknesses- If you have a deck, look for water stains, mold, moss, warped boards, loose nails, or any other signs of weakness. Left alone, small problems like these can significantly impact the structural integrity of your deck, even leading to potential collapse. Pressure washing and staining your deck are excellent preventative measures.

Clean your air conditioner – If you have a window air conditioner, disconnect the power and carefully clean the exterior of leaves and other debris. You can use a blower, garden hose, brush, or vacuum.

Examine your foundation – Look for any cracks or fissures that are new or have enlarged from an earlier check. If they are stable, you can fill the cracks with epoxy; otherwise contact a structural engineer.

Clean the gutters - Beyond cleaning out the leaves and debris, check all fasteners and joints for corrosion or separation. Flush out your downspouts and unclog any leader pipers, which should extend at least five feet away from your foundation.

Spot any weakened trees or branches – If there are any trees near or over your home, take a good look for any rotten or broken trunks or branches that could damage your home. Call an arborist if necessary.

Get rid of the clutter – Clean up, organize, or get rid of clutter in your basement, attic, and garage.
Clean your chimney(s) – Call a professional chimney sweep to examine and clean your chimney(s) of soot and creosote buildup.

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