6 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

With snowstorms battering the east coast and unrelenting cold weather across many parts of the country, spring seems a long way off. But it isn’t. Before you know it, the weather will be getting warmer, flowers will begin to bloom and the sound of birdsong will fill the air. And along with that comes the task of taking a look at how badly winter has ravaged your home, and what you can do about it.

  1. Gutters

Check for loose or leaky gutters. Leaky gutters can lead to water accumulation in the basement, which could cause serious damage. Also make sure downspouts drain away from your home to prevent damage to your home’s foundation.

  1. Windows, Doors and Decks

Winter weather can inflict major damage on wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Examine these areas around your home to see what might need repairing.

  1. Roof

The roof is one area of your home that can experience a lot of wear and tear over the winter months. Check flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys, and inspect roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged.

  1. Chimney

If your home has a chimney, examine the exterior for any potential damage. Also have the flue cleaned and inspected.

  1. Exterior Water Taps

Severe temperatures can lead to outdoor water tap freeze damage. Check the taps by placing your thumb or finger over the opening; if the water flow stops completely, chances are that the pipe inside your home is damaged and may need to be replaced.

  1. HVAC System

Winter can be tough on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, which is why spring is a good time to have it cleaned and serviced. Many homes also have window-installed air conditioning units that will need to be serviced once spring comes around.

Contact your local certified RESNET Home Energy Professional before undertaking any major repairs or renovations to your home. As trained energy efficiency specialists, they can help you achieve energy efficient repairs in the most cost-effective way.

February 13, 2015

This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.