March 25, 2020
Hey, it’s Spring, and you’re probably home most of the time right now, so here’s a list of 10 home maintenance tips from the pros at All Pro Xteriors Inc.
- Roofs are important and one of the top services All Pro Xteriors Inc. is proud to provide. While there have been a few posts from All Pro Xteriors Inc. on roofing, it is because a leaky roof can damage everything else in your home. Spring is a good time to check the shingles on your roof. See if any were lost or damaged during the winter storms. If your roof is older, you may want to start a budget even if it looks okay to you. Older roofs will degrade more rapidly, and you want to be ready to have it replaced. Meanwhile, shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose or missing granules need to be replaced. And while you are looking, check the flashing around chimneys, skylights and plumbing vents. Remember, if you don’t want to do this yourself, All Pro Xteriors offers free inspections and quotes. Visit allProXteriors.com or call us at (952) 486- 7834.
- Look over the Gutters. Remember, when gutters back up the water has to go somewhere, and it is usually under your roof, down your walls and sometimes, even into the basement or crawl space. Check for loose or leaky gutters too. Make sure the downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear of debris. If it is not raining when you check your gutters, you can make sure water flows correctly by pouring water down the downspouts. All Pro Xteriors can replace those leaky gutters for you, with incredibly beautiful options. Call us at (952) 486-7834 for your inspection and for more information.
- Check your home’s wood trim. Use a screwdriver to gently probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Repairing or replacing rotted boards now before the spring rains will prevent the damage from spreading.
- Now, when the snow finally melts, you begin to see divots, or hollows in your yard. This is a good time to fill those, but make sure when you do, that you use compacted soil. Filling these will prevent standing water that can breed insects or eventually drain into your home. Filling these can also help you prevent accidents from people stepping into them.
- Check the chimney’s exterior. Have a chimney sweep clean and inspect the flue.
- Inspect concrete in walkways and driveways. Fill cracks with concrete crack filler, so cracks don’t allow water to drain through instead of away from home’s foundation. When weather allows, power-wash and seal the concrete.
- Got firewood? Move it at least two fee from the home and at least eighteen inches off the ground. Having it handy during winter months makes sense, but will breed problems if you keep it there all summer.
- What about water faucets? Check your hoses and faucets for freeze damage. I(f it appears to be dripping, turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, the pipe inside the house may be damaged.
- Service the AC Unit. You can clear debris off of the unit and gently clean the exterior, but you should have it services to keep your system working a peak levels.
- Check your landscaping power equipment to see if it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment with sharp cutting blades make yardwork easier.
All Pro Xteriors can take care of your roof, gutters, windows, siding and solar panels for you. We offer free inspections, quotes and can show you our work. Let us take some of your spring chores off your list. We can have a pro out there soon visit AllProXteriors.com or call us at (952) 486-7834 today.