Spring is here and it is time for the ever necessary spring cleaning! But spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning up the yard or sweeping the cobwebs out of the attic. It is important to assess how your home made it through the winter and any damages that may need to be fixed. Here is a list from your local HVAC professionals at John A. Kinkaid Heating and Air Conditioning of the top 5 spring cleaning goals that should be on your list.
Gutters and downspouts
Check gutters and downspouts for blockages. Debris such as leaves and twigs have a tendency to collect there over time and may have been hidden by snow if you checked the gutters during the winter. Healthy gutters and downspouts are especially important in the spring due to the runoff from melting snow in addition to the extra rainfall that is common this time of year. A clogged gutter system will overflow and send all that water running down the side of your house, which leads to a buildup of mold and wears away the integrity of your walls and foundation. This can create unsafe conditions that only grow worse over time.
If you have siding, it is important to check for water marks that may be a telltale sign of a leaking or clogged gutter system. Cleaning the siding with a pressure washer also helps prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Wood siding that has been worn down should be sanded and primed before being repainted to make sure it is sealed properly.
Decks and porches
Rapid changes in temperature and humidity can cause wood to shrink and expand. This can lead to loose railings and uneven floor boards. Decks and railing that are exposed to the elements need to be treated every four to six years. Wood that looks gray and worn should be treated by a deck professional.
Check for cracks in the foundation where water can get in. Over time, the foundation can shift and rapid changes in temperature can cause cracking. If water gets between the stones of your foundation, it will cause mold, mildew, and the damage will spread to the point that the whole foundation becomes unstable, potentially making the building unsafe. Significant cracks in the foundation need to be fixed immediately by a professional.
Spring is a great time to service your HVAC system. Contact John A. Kinkaid Heating and Air Conditioning today to set up an appointment. Make sure your HVAC system is in top condition and provide your family peace of mind.