Spring Maintenance

(March, April, May)

  • Check for soil settlement at the foundation; fill if necessary to maintain positive slope for water to drain away from the foundation
  • Inspect eavestroughs and downspouts for loose joints; clear obstructions and ensure water flows away from your foundation
  • Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw occurs
  • Ensure discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation
  • Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests (i.e., bats, squirrels)
  • Check basement columns and support posts
  • Inspect basement for water issues
  • Shut down, drain and clean humidifier (if applicable)
  • Check dehumidifier and drain; clean if necessary
  • Clean filters on central ventilation systems
  • Check carbon monoxide and smoke detector batteries
  • Inspect the roof and shingles
  • Clean and service fireplaces and chimneys
  • Check caulking and weatherstripping throughout your home
  • Clean windows, screens and hardware
  • Clean range hood filters
  • Inspect driveways and walkways for cracks, chipping and lifting concrete
  • Inspect fences and decks; level areas that have shifted as a result of frost or settling
  • Repair and paint fences as necessary; allow wood fences to dry adequately first
  • Open valve to outside hose connection after danger of frost has passed
  • Complete spring landscaping maintenance; fertilize young trees
  • Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris
  • Inspect private sewage system (if applicable)