5 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

17 May 2016
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17 May 2016, Comments: 0

As the seasons change, so does your house… even in moderate weather like San Diego county enjoys, your home needs to be checked for wear and tear and repaired where needed.

Seasonal home maintenance is just one of those pesky homeowner items that needs to be added to your to-do list each year. On the up side, the more regularly you handle the upkeep on your home, the smaller the projects will be.

Read on for a quick checklist of 3 simple home maintenance tips to check in with, this Spring!

Roof Maintenance

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As the weather changes, your roof can feel the impact over time. It is wise to check to see if any of your roof shingles were either damaged or entirely lost during colder months.  Especially going into summer, where the roof shingles can further crack, buckle or loosen, even more, do yourself a favor and check out your roof in the Springtime. Aside from the typical wear and tear that happens as time rolls on, if your home houses an older roof covering, you may want to seriously think about budgeting for a replacement in the future months. If there is an immediate concern, contact a qualified roofer who will inspect everything from skylights to chimneys, to plumbing vents.

AC Service

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Do you really need to clean and service the outside unit of your air conditioning system?

Most homeowners know that you need to regularly check and replace your air conditioning filters but rarely do we think about the outside unit. When your Air Conditioning System operates with clean coils it runs more efficiently, which will give you better quality air and cost savings in the long run. Along with the coils, the interior filters should be checked on a regular basis as well. Overall, ensuring your unit is checked on an annual basis will help keep your outside unit in peak performance condition in the short term, as well as extend the shelf life of your entire system over the coming years. Contact a reliable and experienced Air Conditioning Contractor to help you and your system, today!

Cleaning the Barbecue

Spring in San Diego county means the weather is already warm enough to sit outside on the weekends and enjoy a good barbecue. By summer, the grill will be out more often than not, and it’s a good idea for you to have a clean grill to start your season off right. Many people are mindful of the grill surface itself and keep it clean with a grill brush or aluminum foil. But occasionally we forget to clean out the bottom of our grill – bits and pieces of food constantly fall to the bottom, and if not routinely cleaned out, this can present a risk for grease fires.

Check your grill now and do some preliminary cleaning, and also make sure to do so at least every couple of uses to maintain a safe and relaxing environment for the friends and family.

Changing Batteries

As with everything else on this list, out of sight means out of mind. Don’t forget to change out the batteries for your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms. You won’t necessarily forget to do it – most of these alarms have a “low battery” alert with incredibly loud chirping – but changing the batteries out before this happens will save you a serious headache. It’s important to have functioning carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your home. If yours are malfunctioning, consult a professional to find the perfect replacement.

 

Wood Trim Checks

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Wood just gets better with age, right?

Well, yes and no. If you are looking for reclaimed wood to spruce up a room in your home, then yes. If people start looking at your home as a source for reclaimed wood, then no. Maintaining the wood trim around your home can actually save you from some costly repairs down the road. Just like other aspects of the house affected by weather, your wood trim is left vulnerable to rotting due to moisture or insect damage, but it can be harder to spot the damage with paint covering the wood and windows that are out of reach. If your house is a bit older, keeping up with the wear and tear on wood trim can be a challenge, which is why it is good to get started early and check it often.

Spot checking will help you catch and do quick repairs before they become whole home repairs. This is where proper probing comes into play. Simply using a screwdriver around all windows, doors, railings and decks helps maintain the integrity of the wood trim. Properly probing the wood trim can mitigate damages future rain and moisture can cause to exposed wood.

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