Tips for spring home maintenance
It appears we have survived the winter and spring came on time and just in time. As we open our doors and windows, we may want to check that our screens are not hole-ridden or have tears that will allow creatures into our homes. While we are at it, we should also check that new cracks and holes have not developed in the exterior. We need to keep the outside out and the inside in.
It would be a good idea to check to ensure our venting is not plugged (dryer vents, bath fans, furnace, water heater and fireplaces). Not only is this a fire hazard, but carbon monoxide can develop. We know that levels over 110 part per million can be deadly, but low levels over an extended time can wreak havoc on our physical and mental conditions.
After we have completed the above tasks, it is time to check around the interior perimeter of our dwellings for water intrusion. Remember, moisture on building materials and air creates a environment that produces mold. A simple remedy to eliminate mold is a mixture of 30 percent bleach to 70 percent water in a spray bottle.
The final item we want to check or have checked is the roof. With the past winter's heavy snowload, ice dams damage may have happened, and this will need to be repaired.
Everything mentioned can be done by you, the homeowner. None of these projects require a building permit.
So, let’s have a safe spring where nobody gets sick or hurt.
- Updated: 04/05/2019