Who’s excited about springtime? If you’re like us, you can’t wait to get outside and enjoy warmer weather. After such a wild winter, we all deserve a little rest & relaxation on the deck or in the yard. Before we enjoy everything that this season of rejuvenation has to offer, there are a few things we should check off our home improvement to-do lists. Let’s get started.
Roofs & gutters
We’ve all heard the phrase, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, if you don’t want any plants growing inside your home, now’s the time to take a closer look at your roof. Inspect shingles and tiles for visible damage. Also keep an eye out for sags or soft spots, as these could be symptoms of failures underneath. Look through your attic and up at ceilings for any signs of leaks or water damage. For your gutters and downspouts, it pays to lug a ladder around your house and make sure everything is properly connected and free of debris. Clean out leaves and other muck, and make repairs where needed. Gutters that back up and overflow can cause all kinds of damage to a home, and they also create safety hazards for homeowners and their families.
Dirt and debris always build up around homes during winter. Now that the weather is a bit more forgiving, it’s time to give your home a good cleaning, inside and out. Check and replace worn weather stripping. Remove dust from ceiling fans, water heaters and HVAC systems. Take apart your clothes dryer vent and clean it all out. Look for air leaks around the home and patch them up whenever possible. Tackling all this will help you and your family breathe better, and you’ll enjoy lower utility bills, too.
Although you probably haven’t fired it up for the first time this year, your home’s central air system should be inspected and tuned-up by a qualified professional. These annual service calls are fundamental to keeping HVAC systems performing well for as long as possible, and they can also identify and fix potential problems before they become catastrophic failures. Just like your furnace should be inspected each fall, spring is always the best time to have your air conditioning checked out.
Fixing potholes at home
You see them on roads – potholes the size of Lucas Oil Stadium, just waiting to gobble up unsuspecting cars. They’re caused by water leaking into cracks and freezing during winter. Potholes can also appear at home, especially on driveways paved with asphalt. Protect your vehicles and any unmindful guests by repairing cracks and holes in your drive and sidewalks this spring.
Like that old saying we mentioned above, April showers mean rain, and with rain comes lightning. If your home isn’t secure, lightning strikes and power surges can damage valuable electronics. Safeguard your belongings with proper surge protection. If you want better protection than those cheap power strips provide, talk to Mister Quik about comprehensive, whole-home solutions. Many of the products we offer come with same-day installation, to get you safer faster. Spring is in the air, and we wish you all a happy and safe season. For more home improvement tips explore our website, and please contact Mister Quik to learn about our professional products and services designed to keep you, your family and your home safer, more efficient and comfortable.