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Spring has sprung and with it Spring Cleaning! Spring cleaning isn’t only for the inside of the house, the outside of your home needs the same, if not more attention.
While cleaning out the closets, washing rugs and windows are important, some outside maintenance is necessary to preserve the outside of your home.

Don’t worry, we’ll take it step by step!

Gutters

Gutter’s work best when clean and cleared of any debris. We’ve had a heck of a winter and due to all the ice and snow, I doubt many houses aren’t in need of some gutter care. Frozen water pulls gutters away from the house so most need to be re-attached. So first things first, make sure your gutters are properly attached. Next, be sure to clear any leaves, twigs, etc.. lying in the channels. Your gutters won’t drain if there is a ton of junk up there. After they are clear, run the hose through the channels to ensure they are clear and to make sure you have proper distance from your house for drainage. You can also ass gutter guards and splash blocks to make yearly maintenance a lot easier.

Screens

Opening your windows to let in the warm breeze is one of the first things people do when the warm spring air hits. Are your windows ready though? Screens really need to be cleaned yearly and checked for holes or cracks. To clean, place the screens on a flat surface (such as the driveway) and use mild soap and water with a soft brush to remove dirt and grime. Do not try to power wash your screens while they are on the windows because the force of the water can damage the units. Make sure to clean both sides of the screen as well as the interior and exterior of the frame. Allow the screen to dry completely before reinstalling. The best things you can do is to remove your screens in the fall and store them in an upright or flat position with nothing

Carpenter Ants

Spring means ants. They emerge in early spring and show up in most households. When inspecting your home make sure to clear areas of clutter around or near the home. They love debris and warmth. You can get rid of small infestations by simply applying insecticide, spray, powder or gel. If you feel the problem is too big for you to handle on your own, call the pros. They can eradicate the problem in one to two visits depending on the size of the crisis. These insects are very destructive so make sure to take care of them if you find any.

Inspecting Sprinklers and Spigots

Turn on your sprinkler system and check for any damage that could have been done to the plumbing due to winter ice. Inspect all the sprinkler heads that could have been affected by snow and ice. A dry pipe is an issue and could mean that your pipe is blocked. If it is, your pipe needs to be flushed. Replacing a sprinkler head is easy and inexpensive. Once the repairs have been made, allow a couple of hours to check the system. A spigot left un-drained or unprotected during the winter months have been known to freeze and crack, creating a leak inside the wall. If this happens you must repair the pipe and install an inside shutoff valve for drainage.

Repainting and Fixing the Fence

No one likes to do it, most people pay their son or the kids next door to do it, but maintaining the fence takes a lot more than that. Once the cold weather has passed, fences need to be checked for damage in the stiles and pickets. All fasteners used should be made of galvanized metal that does not disintegrate. Do not forget to push and pull on each post for signs of rot at its base. If the post moves, make sure to add extra soil around the post and firmly pack it around the post. Repainting may also be necessary to ensure your fences life.

There is a lot more to spring maintenance than this, but this blog would last for days. We’ll take it post by post. Stay tuned for more spring cleaning tips!