The warmer months provide an excellent opportunity to get outside and do some needed outdoor maintenance around your home. Spring cleaning is essential for inside the home, but it is necessary to maintain the house’s exterior too. Below, we have listed a few tasks to remember when tackling outdoor spring cleaning projects.
7 Tips for Outdoor Spring Cleaning
1. Outdoor Faucet Maintenance
During the winter, outdoor faucets and the pipes leading to them can freeze, crack, or break. When tackling exterior maintenance, inspect the faucets. It may be challenging to spot cracks, but one way to test for problems is to cover the spigot opening with your thumb. Good water pressure is an indication that your pipes are not broken. If you can completely stop the water flow with your thumb, there may be a problem. Call a plumber for a comprehensive inspection and repairs.
2. Rain Gutters and Downspouts
Another crucial area to care for is your gutters and downspouts. Ensure the gutters are not clogged or broken, which can lead to property damage if not maintained. Blockages cause water to overflow, leading to water seeping beneath roofing materials or running into the basement.
3. Roof Maintenance for Spring Cleaning
Winter can often mean harsh weather conditions that take a toll on your roof. When doing your outdoor spring cleaning, check the top for damage. Do a quick visual inspection, looking for warped or missing shingles or broken tiles. For a more detailed review, call an experienced roofer to examine the materials and condition of the roof.
4. Foundation, Driveways, and Walkways
Harsh weather conditions can take a toll on your home’s foundation, driveway, and walkways. Despite these being made of solid concrete, water can seep into cracks, freeze, and expand. Spring is a great time to make repairs. If you notice cracks or damage, fill the hole and patch the concrete to prevent further damage.
5. Maintain Exterior Woodwork
If you have wooden furniture or trim around your home, spring is an excellent time to handle necessary repairs. Regular maintenance on your fences, wooden decks, railings, and other outdoor woodwork helps extend their lifespan. If your wood is stained, sand, re-stain, and seal the wood every year or two. When doing maintenance, check for signs of termites.
6. Add a Coat of Paint
To make your home look brand new, hire a professional to paint the exterior. This project can be costly but will liven up your property and boost curb appeal. If you can’t afford to repaint this season, rent a pressure washer to remove dirt, mildew, and grime from the siding.
7. Test Irrigation Systems for Spring Cleaning
The sprinkler system needs to be inspected to ensure it’s ready for use this year. Look for cracks and damage. This can help you save water and money, plus proper watering keeps your lawn healthy and green.
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