Spring is in the air here in Calgary and it has many of us eager to get outside to enjoy the warmer temperatures. But before busting out the BBQs and patio furniture, there are a few things you can do to make sure your home is in tip-top shape for the warmer weather ahead!
1. Clean Dryer Vents
Clogged dryer vents can cause several issues for your home. They can increase the risk of fire and prolong drying times, wasting time, energy, and money. Thankfully, keeping dryer vents clean is relatively easy. Many companies include it in their furnace and duct cleaning packages. If you would prefer to do it yourself, most hardware stores sell dryer cleaning kits that make cleaning them a breeze.
2. Check Gutters & Downspouts
One of the biggest things you can do to care for your home is prepare it for rain and melting snow. Make sure that downspouts are down and that they are directed away from the house or other structures. Also, clearing drains and gutters of any leaves and debris will ensure that water can drain properly and not cause damage from overflowing.
3. Examine Roof Shingles
There are several things that can cause damage to asphalt roof shingles, including rain, hail, snow, and wind, all of which are common here in Calgary. It is important to check for roof damage, as it can cause more serious issues for your home if left unattended. If your shingles appear cracked or buckled, it may be time to repair or replace your roof.
4. Window Care
Windows are one of the most significant factors in your home’s energy efficiency. That’s why it is essential to ensure that they are well cared for. In the Spring, ensure the seals and caulking around your windows are in good condition. If caulking or seals are cracked, re-caulk and seal as required. If any damage has been caused to the windowsills or trim, check the cause of that damage and repair as needed. Lastly, carefully clean all window screens and ensure that the mesh is free from any holes and that the frames are not bent.
5. Repair Cracks
Cracks to your foundation or walkways can cause severe water damage to your home or even flooding. Fill all cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone to prevent water from getting in.
6. Examine Siding
Take a look around your home to make sure the siding is still in good condition and is properly attached. Check for cracks or gaps in the siding that could lead to moisture and small critters getting into your home. Also check for areas in which the siding no longer lies flat, as this is a sign of more significant damage underneath. If you have wood siding or other painted exterior materials, check for peeling paint and rotting wood.
7. Check Outside Faucets
Winter temperatures can cause damage to your outside faucets, so it is important to check that there aren’t any leaks before turning on the water. To see if there are any cracks in your hose bib or the pipes leading to it, place your thumb or hand over the spigot to create a plug and turn the water on. If you can hold the water in, there is most likely a crack somewhere along the piping. If you feel a lot of pressure and you are unable to hold the water in, the hose bib is good to go.
Here at Braemyn Homes, your home is important to us! Dedicated to building beautiful homes that will stand the test of time, our commitment to quality is unwavering. With a combined 50+ years of experience, our team not only knows what it takes to build an aesthetically pleasing home but are keenly aware of the structural science of building a new home throughout the entire process, which keeps service issues to a minimum for years to come. For more information call us at (403) 606-2923 or fill out our contact form.