Spring Maintenance Tips for Utah Homeowners
One of the greatest things about living in Utah is the diversity of weather from one season to the next. As wintertime turns to spring, there are a few simple yet important home maintenance tips to keep in mind as the weather changes.
If you are interested in new construction homes in the Lehi, Utah area, these tips will give you a great yearly checklist for when winter turns to spring so that you can get the most out of your residential property. These easy tasks can prevent future issues in and around your home while ensuring the safety and overall resilience of your house.
Inspect Driveways and Walkways
During winter, melting snow can seep into tiny cracks between concrete sections and across the surface of the driveway. When the water freezes again, it expands – forcing the cracks further apart in small increments. If you find an opening bigger than the width of a nickel, consider having it filled with sealant to prevent further damage. Also, flagstones in garden pathways can become lodged loose by the same process, so making sure they are flush with the ground can ensure safety during warmer weather activities.
Inspect Your AC Unit When Spring Comes Around
Cleaning out the air ducts of your Utah home is a great way to get rid of any dust or mold. When is the best time for this maintenance task? Just after winter and at the beginning of spring when there’s not as much airflow inside because it’s so cold outside!
When you do not need air conditioning during the winter months, dust can settle in the airways. Before you start up the AC again, consider vacuuming out the vent openings and the unit housing with a hose attachment. Plus, the filter in the air intake port should be changed out every spring to ensure harmful particles from the outside air are not blown throughout your home. Also, make sure the pan at the bottom of the unit is draining properly so that there is no extra still water present.
Get Rid of Any Stagnant Water
Speaking of stagnant water, it is important to check around the property for places where melted snow and rainwater can gather such as forgotten dog food bowls, unused planters, children’s toys, etc. Gathering these and putting them where they can’t accumulate moisture is an important part of keeping mosquitoes from populating your property. If you choose a community such as Rockwell Ranch Townhomes, the areas around your property and across the community at large are cared for by a maintenance team – so you can enjoy your free time doing other things.
Clean the Gutters and Downspouts to Prep for Utah’s Springtime Rain
When it comes to your home’s gutters and downspouts, make sure you thoroughly clean them during the spring. Similar to winter storms that can damage roofing in Utah, if water does get trapped among debris in the gutters and downspouts, then there will likely be leaks everywhere which could lead to some serious flooding issues.
Inspect Your Homes Roofing
Winter weather can be roughest on the roof of a home, so every spring it is important to look for telltale signs of natural wear and tear. These include loose or curling (warped) roofing shingles and pooled water where roof pitches connect different sections of the house. The biggest concern are the rain gutters, as they can gather twigs, leaves and blowing debris over the winter and become clogged. When this is the case, a simple cleaning of the gutters will ensure that water flows from the roof to the ground and away from the foundation of the home.
Wipe Down the Windows
During the wintertime, debris can gather on the outward-facing glass as well as the caulking around the glass in the window frames. Wiping this grime away with a cleaning solvent can ensure your windows maintain an airtight seal so that you don’t lose temperature-treated interior air to the outside during the warm and cold months.
Routine home maintenance is an important part of owning a residential property. So, whether you’re a long-time homeowner or just getting started, it’s important to take some time each spring to do some basic maintenance and inspections. The team at McArthur Homes recommends following these spring maintenance tips for your home in Utah. Contact us today if you have any questions about maintaining your home, or if you are in the market for a new home – we’d be happy to help!
This post was written by Paige Giles