Get Ahead of Problems with these Spring Preparation Tips
Posted on February 23, 2017 by Advance Companies
If you can believe it, spring is just around the corner. We’ve reached mid-February and have managed not to freeze. Once we turn the corner and dive into March, it’ll be time to start thinking about spring projects, many of which you’re happy to do because you can hang out in the garage. But not all projects are good projects- like fixing your sump pump after discovering it’s malfunctioned, after you’ve encountered some flooding. What should you be doing now, in order to avoid that situation? We have some ideas.
Examine Your Roof
Check for damaged shingles as soon as possible. Snow and ice– especially over the course of several months, even years if your roof is aging– can easily damage roof shingles. Closely examine your roof and replace not only broken shingles, but also those worn and damaged. Examine chimneys, skylights and flashing for damage. Hire a qualified roofer for these projects. If you let it slide, your roof is bound to worsen as the summer sun beats down on it.
Clean and Repair Gutters/Downspouts
This cannot be understated. Cracked, warped, rusty gutters will not function properly when late spring showers and summer rain makes its way to your neighborhood. Check to cracks and damage and make the appropriate fixes. Check downspouts for see that they direct water an adequate distance away from the house. Flooding, as it pertains to general rain showers and storms, can largely be avoided with properly functioning gutters and downspouts.
Service Your AC Unit
Have a qualified technician out to your home or business for a full air conditioner unit inspection. Having it inspected annually will keep the unit(s) running efficiency. Clean and change your filters annually.
Perform Maintenance on your Sump Pump
Your sump pump has probably been out of use with subfreezing temperatures. That will likely change with spring showers. Perform routine maintenance on your pump, as you should annually. First, fill up your pump basin to the top with water. Your pump should immediately begin to run. Once the trial run is finished, remove the pump and clean out debris from the grate found underneath. Dirt and debris can collect and clog your pump.
Note: Head outside and make sure your pump is pushing water away from the house at an adequate distance.
Inspect Concrete Slabs
Inspect concrete slabs for movement and cracks. Concrete should drain water away from your home or business’s foundation. Fill cracks with sealer or silicone caulk. Power wash your concrete before filling.
Spring for Advance Companies
We’re ready and willing to get your home ready for spring, whether you’re need of restoration, construction, or other services. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.