- Posted by hinged
- On April 4, 2017
Despite the recent cold, Spring is here. So take advantage of daylight savings time and the next warm afternoon to take a stroll around your house.
Start with the yard and take note of any branches or trees that have fallen over the winter, landscapers get busy in Spring so book an appointment now to have an estimate for a clean-up while you can still benefit from winter pricing. This time of year is also an excellent time to prune most shrubs and trees. While you’re walking around the edges of your property take note of any fencing that has not survived the winter. If your fencing is older, try pushing against the posts to make sure that they are not rotting out.
After you have taken stock of your yard do another lap around your property, but this time examine the house. You’re looking primarily for signs of winter damage. Peeling paint, staining, mold and mildew can be dealt with as soon as the weather is reliably over about 50 degrees. Drainage issues can also be addressed as soon as the ground is thawed. Look for erosion around leader drains especially if you have subsurface drainage. This is an indicator that your system is clogged and that water is backing up during storms. Erosion under the line of your gutters is a good indication that they are clogged and overflowing. Also make sure that the ground slopes away from your house from all sides. If the ground has settled near your foundation, water will accumulate and even if your basement doesn’t flood the added moisture can promote mold growth.
If you have planting beds around your house make sure that at least 8” of foundation is showing to protect your house from pests, plus even pressure treated wood will rot very quickly if in contact with the ground so make sure your siding is not in contact with your soil anywhere. If you haven’t done it in a while, ask your landscapers to cut the beds down before adding a fresh layer of mulch. Without damaging your plantings, have them make sure not to just remove the built up mulch against the foundation so as not to create a situation where surface water drains towards your house.
If you have an area of the house where the siding always gets dirty from water splashing off the mulch, consider adding a band of crushed stone instead of a fresh layer. Not that I have found time to use it for meditating, but last year we turned a problem area into a small Zen garden.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to take a close look at your property consider some of the maintenance inspections that are being suggested on your profile page for your property. Most issues are less expensive when addressed early and its still early enough to have the work completed quickly so that you can really enjoy your home when Spring weather finally is here for real.