Winter weather can do some serious damage. Now that the temperatures have risen, inspect your home and make repairs when needed. It’s important that your home is sealed and ready to take on spring showers. ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning in West Tennessee compiled the following maintenance tips to help you transition your home from winter to spring. It might just help you avoid spring water damage.

Sump Pump

Sump pumps are usually located in your basement or crawl space. They work to remove water that makes its way under your home. If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s functioning properly.

  • Start by observing your sump pump. Wait to see if it pumps out excess water.
  • Then, open your sump pit and look for a low water level. If the water level is high, the pump may be having difficulties.
  • Remove any debris that is in or around the sump pit.
  • Slowly pour 5 gallons of water into the pit. Wait to see if your sump pump removes it correctly.

HVAC

Your heaters have been blasting all winter and you’re about to start using your air conditioning. While the weather is mild, make sure your HVAC is in good condition.

  • Change your air filters. They might have collected some dust and other particulates over the cooler months.
  • Dust all of your vents to trap allergens before they make you sneeze.
  • If you notice a lot of dust falling from your system, you might need to schedule a professional air duct cleaning.

Deck

Moisture, temperature changes and mold take a toll on your deck. Wood boards can shrink and expand or become weak when exposed to the elements over time.

  • Clear off mud, dirt and other debris.
  • Gently scrub off stuck on grime using a wood cleaner and brush.
  • Once completely dry, apply a stain or sealer to repel future moisture.

Gutters

Your gutter system has been working to direct water away from your home since fall. Check in on it to maintain its condition.

  • Inspect your gutters for holes, blockages or other damage.
  • Remove twigs, mud and leaves. Debris of any kind can cause an overflow.
  • Direct downspouts away from your home’s foundation and into a storm drain.
  • If you need to extend your downspouts, you can find extenders at any local home improvement store.

Critters

When the temperatures drop, critters often seek shelter anywhere warm. Critters can cause a lot of damage.

  • Inspect your home for openings or any damage that may have been caused by these unexpected guests. Some common places to check are in your basement, attic or crawl spaces.
  • Seal openings you find to prevent future damage.

Sprinklers & Garden

Now’s the time to get your sprinkler system up and running again.

  • First, remove covers and reconnect your outdoor water supply.
  • Replace damaged sprinkler heads or pipes.
  • Run your sprinklers. Make sure they’re watering all of your plants without hitting your home or creating puddles.
  • If you notice water pooling near your home, consider sloping your garden away from your home.
  • As you pull out your gardening tools, run your outdoor faucets. Look for leaks or other damage.

Roof, Windows & Doors

Your windows, doors and roof are most likely to let in rainwater. Pay extra attention to these areas throughout the season.

  • Inspect your roof for damage. Replace missing shingles and fill in gaps or other damage.
  • Close windows and doors. If you see any gaps around a window or door frame, seal it with weather stripping.

ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning in West Tennessee is available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. If you experience water damage this spring, contact us at 888-930-3351.