Spring is here and what does that mean...Spring Cleaning! Cleaning is never fun, but once it is done you feel better about yourself and your home. Some areas of your home get neglected every year, so we have put together a list of 5 areas you should clean and inspect every year to avoid costly home repairs in the future.
Rain gutters and downspouts are an essential part of your home to keep water from entering your home. Make sure to clean your gutters out every spring and fall to ensure they are doing their job. Installing downspout extensions will help water from pooling around your home's foundation. Without downspout extensions (shown above), your home could suffer from a wet basement, soil erosion, and foundation problems.
Your sidewalks and patio slabs are essential for summer gatherings and bike rides. An uneven surface doesn't look good for those backyard parties and uneven sidewalks may trip someone. The first step to fixing an uneven concrete surface is to get a process called slabjacking done. This process is simple and done quickly with minimal disturbance to landscaping. After your surface is clear you might want to paint or stain your concrete slab to bring it more appeal. There are several paints and stains you can find at your local hardware store.
Cleaning your windows and doors is always in spring cleaning, but what about inspecting them? Make sure you clean your windows weep holes, some older windows may not have them, so water doesn't come in your home. Inspect your window and door frames to make sure they are not pulling away from the wall or showing cracking. These are signs of foundation problems and should be inspected by a professional.
Before you start to plant new spring flowers around your home, take note of where water has been pooling. If water is pooling near concrete or your home's foundation you will run into problems or have foundation problems already. Water near your home's foundation can find its way into your basement and crawl space causing mold to grow and nasty odors you will smell throughout your home. To make sure you will not have problems in the future slope the soil away from your home and install downspout extensions.
Spring and Summer also bring unwanted guests to your yard. Spraying and treating your lawn will help keep unwanted pests from entering your home, basement, or crawl space.
Crawl Space and Basement
Do you need extra space to hold all the extra boxes you created while spring cleaning? The perfect space may be right under your nose...your crawl space or basement. Now you might be thinking, my crawl space or basement has water in it how is that the ideal space? We have ways to fix just that.
A solution for crawl spaces is encapsulation. (picture above) This will help protect your belongings from pests and other elements as well as giving your home better air quality and efficiency. Installing a new crawl space entry door will give your yard a boost in appearance as well as keeping unwanted guests and pests out. Installation of a dehumidifier in your crawl space will help keep moisture out and air quality up as well.
Does your basement have water standing? Installing a waterproofing system in your basement will help to keep water out and create an ideal storage space or your first step to getting a finished basement for extra entertainment. Don't forget to check and test your sump pump and battery back up are working correctly.
If you find your foundation, basement or crawl space has certain needs that need to be addressed please give the professionals at Acculevel a call. 866-669-3349