Spring is just around the corner and we have some suggested maintenance and inspection steps to keep your home in peak condition after a harsh Saskatchewan winter.
- Check your gutters and downspouts. Often, leaves and other debris will collect in your eaves in fall, and once they get some snow in them, it is easier for dust and dirt to accumulate and then settle once the snow melts. This is a great time to ensure that your gutters are clean and water will run smoothly. You can also inspect your downspouts, reconnecting the base to ensure water runs away from your house instead of pooling around the foundation.
- Check for low spots around your home. This tip is especially useful if you have recently built, constructed an addition, or done any other ground or foundation work. Over time, soil, clay, rock and almost any other ground fill will settle, potentially leaving areas where water can collect and pool and potentially cause water problems at your foundation level. If you see these areas, you can take steps to build them up and ensure you have a slope away from your home so water runs the right way. Taking advantage of natural drainage is one of the best ways to prevent water damage in your home.
- Inspect your sump pump. If you have a sump pump, check if it is working. There is a good chance the sump has sat dry all winter and you want to make sure it is in proper working condition for the spring melt and summer rains. If your sump is not working, you can quickly have water come into your basement and cause damage.
- Inspect your air conditioning unit. Firstly, if you covered your air conditioner unit, make sure you take the cover off before accidentally turning the air conditioning on. This is also a good time to have a professional come and do an inspection or service to ensure it is in good running condition.
- Check your water lines, taps and sprinkler connections. When you turn your outside water on, inspect the taps and irrigation manifolds to ensure there is no leaking from a failed sea or any winter ice damage. Another tip – Don’t do this too soon, make sure the risk of frost and nights below 0 has passed before connecting and turning on your outside water.
- Bonus Tip: Don’t forget the inside. While you are eager to get outside, spring is a good time to check and replace the air filter in your furnace, clean or service your air exchanger, check your dryer vent for excess lint and have your fireplace cleaned.