16 Steps for Springtime Home Maintenance in Michigan
May 28, 2021
Spring is a wonderful time in Michigan. It’s the perfect time of year to attend to maintenance and home improvement tasks once the snow clears and you can see what’s happened to your home and lawn.
Here’s our spring maintenance checklist with 16 tips to help you find and repair any damage, keep up with deferred repairs, and get your home ready for summer.
1. Check for Winter Damage
Walk all around your home looking closely for any damage incurred over the winter months. Take steps to correct it now before it can get bigger and more costly. Watch for shingles that are loose or missing, siding that’s damaged, gutter and downspout damage, and cracks in the sidewalks or driveway.
2. Check Screen Doors and Windows
Screens keep the bugs out and let the breezes in. Make them part of your full inspection looking for tears or holes. Even the smallest holes can let in those pesky mosquitoes. Repair kits are available at hardware stores.
3. Inspect the Foundation
In your walk around your home, pay special attention to your foundation. Snow and ice can open up basement or crawl space cracks that let in snowmelt as well as summer rain and storms. We can help with a free inspection.
4. Clean Up the Yard
That white pristine snow cover can hide a lot of debris that falls from our trees. Remove the fallen tree limbs, rake up all those leaves that you missed in the fall, and put down fresh mulch. It’s a great deal of work but you’ll be rewarded with a great-looking yard.
5. Trim Trees and Shrubs
Spring is ideal for trimming your trees and shrubs. Make sure you cut back any limbs hanging over your home and threatening to come down in a storm. Also, trim back branches to improve airflow and sunlight. This will reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth.
6. Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts
With all our trees and leaves, we need to clean out gutters and downspouts twice a year. Keeping them flowing during rainstorms is vital to making sure water doesn’t pool around your foundation, finding cracks, and entering your basement or crawl space.
7. Clear Outdoor Drainage
Work over your buried drains, storm drains, and other rainwater management systems. Include your downspout extensions on this list. Clear out any clogs with a plumbing snake, then wash out pipes with a garden hose. It’s important to get them clear before the rains start.
8. Inspect Outdoor Plumbing
Freezing weather doesn’t help anything that’s outdoors. Check your outdoor faucets, heat pump or AC unit, pool equipment, and anything else that’s spent the winter outside.
9. Test Irrigation Systems
This system needs to be fully tested to identify any broken pipes, valves, or sprinkler heads. Run it through all the zones and walk each one to make sure it’s working correctly. It’s also a good time to make adjustments to ensure last year’s dry spot is fixed.
10. Reseed Lawn Bare Spots
Spring is the perfect time to get your lawn off to a good start. Look for bare or thin spots and reseed with a matching type of grass. Try a lawn seed blanket on slopes to keep the seed in place while it germinates and sets roots.
11. Maintain Foundation Landscaping
Make sure window wells are clear of plant growth, drained, and sealed against rain. Snow and ice can do damage here while you’re not looking. Trim shrubs away from the foundation and watch for root growth near the foundation.
12. Inspect for Pest Evidence
Check around the foundation as well as the roof eaves for pest evidence. Ants, termites, and burrowing animals cause damage at ground level. Bats, birds, squirrels, and flying insects can damage your roof. Prevent their entry by sealing any cracks or holes you find.
13. Power Wash the Deck and Siding
This is the time to get all the winter grime off your deck and siding. Pressure washing can make this pretty straightforward. Make sure you use the correct pressure setting that matches the wood and siding. As an example, some vinyl siding companies recommend using liquid soap to avoid damage to the finish.
14. Reseal Woodwork
Decks, trellises, fences, and other outdoor structures need regular maintenance. Spring is a perfect time to stain and reseal them. It’s also a good time to make any needed repairs.
15. Schedule HVAC Service
It’s going to be hot and humid soon. It’s best to have your air conditioning system in top shape to keep your family cool this summer. Regular HVAC maintenance can also identify any problems early before they become a major disaster.
16. Plan Summer Projects
If you’ve been stuck at home over the past year, you’ve probably thought of any number of home improvement projects. This is a good time to consolidate that list with the home repairs you’ve identified above.
If your list of improvements included adding more space, a refinished basement could be the answer. But the basement needs to be fully waterproofed before you get started on that type of project.
We can help with that project or whatever foundation issues you may have found in your spring maintenance inspection. Contact the experts at FSM for a free inspection and repair estimate.