Spring is finally here. It’s that wonderful time of year marked by the return of songbirds, sunshine, baseball…and home inspections. That’s right, April is National Home Inspection Month, and the timing couldn’t be better. Months of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures may have left your home battered and beaten, and early spring is ideal for assessing winter damage, making necessary repairs, and preparing for the hot and humid months ahead. Here are four important areas that need your attention this spring.
Inspect the Roof
Winter often takes a toll on a roof, especially the shingles. Ice dams loosen them, freeze-thaw cycles crack them, and high winds blow them off. But this isn’t a case of what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Failing to address repairs or replacements makes a home susceptible to water leaks, and possibly even roof collapse. It only takes one cracked or missing shingle to set the stage for water damage, so have a roofing contractor fix even minor problems.
Prepare the Air Conditioner
Believe it or not, air-conditioner season is just around the corner. But before you fire it up to cool down, the unit needs to be examined, cleaned, and serviced. Industry experts call for air conditioners to be inspected at least once a year, and keeping up with this commitment will improve both the unit’s air flow and efficiency. Another critical step is cleaning or replacing the filter every month, and you should always install a new filter before its first use of the year.
Any cracks or crevices that formed during winter make an attractive entrance into your home for insects. And once there, they quickly make their costly mark – to the tune of over $5 billion a year in property damage from just termites alone. Keep them out by patching all holes and gaps around the home, repairing ripped screens, replacing loose weatherstripping, and trimming bushes and trees at least 12 inches away from the house. Additionally, look for and remove any standing water on or around your property. Mosquitoes are a particular nuisance around the Mid-Atlantic, and they prefer pools of undisturbed water for laying eggs.
Schedule a Pressure Washing
Protecting against winter damage begins with keeping your home in top condition, and the first step is pressure washing home exteriors at least once a year. Pressure washing eliminates unattractive dirt and dust as well as acidic and harmful items like algae and bird droppings. It keeps mold and mildew from growing on surfaces, discourages insects from building nests, and even improves the air quality in and around your home.
Spring is the perfect time to call Peak Power Wash to schedule a pressure washing in Maryland or Pennsylvania. Our skilled technicians will promptly clean off the winter grime from your siding, porch, driveway, sidewalk, fencing, and decking, and you’ll love having a property with that beautiful “like new” look. Call us today for a free estimate!