Follow these 5 simple steps to get your home ready for spring and summer weather.
1. Keep your basement warm and dry by checking lot grading and downspouts around the exterior of your home. The ground should slope away from the home at least 1" in the first 6'. Downspouts should extend at least 6' away from the home into the front or back yard. Downspouts that discharge into the side yard between homes increase the chance of water in the basement so check your neighbours downspouts too.
If you have a sprinkler system, ensure sprinkler heads are adjusted properly and not spraying water up against the house.
2. Now that the snow is gone check the roof shingles for damage. Curling shingles indicate the roof is reaching the end of its life. Missing shingles are a common find this time of year because of the harsh winter weather. Missing shingles will lead to leaks during spring rains. The roof is best inspected from the ground, areas of concern can be pointed out to a professional roofer. If you are going to get on the roof remember, ladder safety is critical. You can find out how to properly climb a ladder here http://www.wikihow.com/Climb-a-Ladder-Safely
3. Exterior caulking is one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to protect your home from water damage. Cover any open areas around vents, windows, doors, outlets, railings, lights, anything that penetrates the homes exterior siding. Paint or stain any exposed wood to prevent rot. Inspect decks and railings for rot or weak areas and repair to avoid personal injury.
4. This is a great time of year to have your furnace serviced. Service companies have better availability and pricing for early birds. Replace the furnace filter, clean the humidifier, and clean the duct lines and service the furnace so you're ready to go next fall.
Air conditioning units should be turned on 24 hours before use to allow the compressor to warm up separating the oil and antifreeze. Failure to warm up the unit properly can lead to damaging the compressor. Turn off your humidifier to prevent the evaporator coil from icing up.
5. Trim trees away from the house. Tree branches can grow quickly and seriously damage gutters, siding, and especially roofing materials.