It’s time to start spring cleaning! Getting a head start on taking care of home maintenance that’s waited all winter will help you to avoid dealing with an emergency this spring. Here’s what you need to pay attention to around your home right now:
DECKS AND FENCES.
Cracks and breaks can be dangerous to anyone, and especially kids and pets. With the wet winter weather in Kansas, structures are put to the test. Check decks and fences for moisture and weight-bearing damage. Remember, repairing part of a fence or deck that is “almost broken” is cheaper — and safer — than waiting until after it completely breaks.
Prepare your AC unit for its starring summertime role. Power wash outside units, and clear out fins with a broom to make sure there isn’t any dust or weather buildup. A clean AC unit runs more efficiently and longer because the compressor doesn’t have to work as hard. And you don’t have to worry about it shutting down in the middle of summer.
YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR.
Check for dry rot, peeling paint and loose window seals. When the weather warms up, it’s a good time to check your home’s exterior for any paint or patchwork that might need to be done. Regular maintenance is less expensive than waiting for cool AC air to escape through cracked seals — or for moisture (or rodents!) to creep in.
Spring showers are great for our gardens, but not so great for our gutters. If you do not have gutter covers (and even if you do sometimes! ), now is the time to clean them out. All winter they have accumulated leaves, branches and other debris that clogs them up so they are unable to do their job.
If your gutters are clogged, they will not be able to effectively accumulate and disperse rain water. Instead rain will pour over the sides of the gutters, and end up in puddles sitting next to your foundation. This is not good for your foundation and over time, can lead to a weakened foundation wall.
If you are unable to or do not want to take care of these items yourself, contact our service partner Zaarly today. They will partner you with a vetted professional who can help you take care of any of your home maintenance needs quickly. If you follow my link above, you’ll also get a $50.00 discount on your first service with a Zaarly professional.