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6 Outdoor Spring Home Maintenance Tasks

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Perform these simple maintenance jobs to fend off potential moisture problems, prevent costly repairs, and pave the way for a trouble-free summer.

1) Clean Gutters

What? Again? Yup, consider this the early-spring edition of a twice-yearly (at least) outdoor maintenance task. Look in gutter bottoms for loose granules that signal your asphalt roof may need replacing. Got gunk in the downspout gooseneck? Ream it out with a garden hose. Make sure your downspouts channel water at least five feet from foundation walls.

2) Inspect Your Roof

If you’re cool with heights, do an inspection from a securely set ladder. If not, use a pair of binoculars. You’re looking for: curled and missing shingles, rusted and pitted flashing, and cracked caulk around pipe collars, skylights and other roof penetrations.

3) Repair Paint

Keep painted surfaces in good repair by scraping off any chipped and peeling paint and spot painting exposed surfaces. Pressure wash your home’s exterior and look for any chips in the paint. Exposed wood can rot, so give worn areas a new coat.

4) Trim Overgrowth

Spring is a good time to trim branches of shrubs and trees away from your house —get an early start before leaves grow and while you can see individual limbs. Keep branches 5 to 7 feet away from your house so they can’t conduct moisture onto your roofing and siding. You’ll also help discourage squirrels and raccoons from exploring ways to nest in your attic.

5) Ensure Good Drainage

Good drainage is the soul of a happy house. To keep your hacienda smiling, check to make sure the soil slopes away from foundation walls at least six vertical inches over 10 feet. That’ll move rain and snowmelt far enough away to prevent problems.

6) Check Foundation Vents

A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that helps dissipate excess moisture and prevent mold growth. The vents have screens that keep critters from taking up residence under your residence. The screens usually are recessed and become catch-alls for leaves, twigs and assorted debris.

Information from DIYNetwork.com.