Soon, homeowners will rejoice as warmer weather finally arrives. But as eager as we are to open the windows for a breath of spring air, it’s first time to make a spring checklist of any damages left by Old Man Winter.
From the gutters to the pool, nothing should be overlooked when preparing the homestead for sunnier months.
The easiest way to check your gutter’s performance is to run a hose from a ladder, so make sure to take proper safety precautions! You will need to check if the water is properly emptying from the downspouts.
If water is overflowing at the edges of the gutters, it indicates there is debris clogging the gutters or downspouts.
Most debris can be scooped out by hand or removed by a vacuum or leaf blower. You could also flush the gutters with a garden hose to remove small particles and twigs. Use a plumber’s snake to clear stubborn clogs.
Are Your Trees in Good Health?
Most of your plants will bloom again on their own, and with no special care.
However, unhealthy trees and branches are likely to fall during inclement weather. Now that the weather is warming up, you can spend some time outdoors and give your trees a good visual inspection.
Lack of leaves, soft spots, and open wounds are all signs of trouble. You should also check for fungus and rot. If a tree also has structural problems, such as split branches, there is a good chance that disease has taken hold.
However, if your trees are healthy, it is best to prune them and clear any fallen branches from your lawn to keep your yard looking prim and proper.
Speaking of your lawn, spring maintenance isn’t as intensive as fall maintenance! You can let the sun and soil do the work for you. If you took care of your lawn during the autumn months, your lawn should grow well come springtime.
Reopening Your Pool
It’s time to pull back the cover on your pool. But, before you do, give it an inspection. Is there a swamp of water left over? Have squirrels taken a few nibbles into your cover?
If there is standing water on your pool cover, do not attempt to move the cover as the water and debris could slip into your pool. If the water on your cover does dump into your pool, you may have to drain your pool. The best way to get rid of standing water is to pump it out with a cover pump.
Once you safely remove the winter cover from your pool, you will need to test the pool’s chemical balance. It is best to call in a professional to obtain a water sample from as deep as possible to get an accurate reading.
While you’re at it, have a look at the condition of your pool deck and coping. Is it seeing a lot of wear and tear? If so, you may be able to address its extra cleaning on your own with a deck brush and safe cleaners. But if it has been a while since you had a professional assess its needs, now is the time!
Does the specialty stone need sealing?
Do the expansion joints or grout lines need repair?
Is there mildew from the wet winter months that need specialty machine cleaning with biocides to clean the area right?
Winter can wreak havoc on your home, lawn, trees, and pool, but only if you let it. A proactive approach to preparing your home for the spring will help you to enjoy the warmer months ahead!