Winter is fading fast and spring is just around the corner! Here are 6 awesome tips from the experts at John A. Kinkaid Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc for preparing your home for spring.
1. Check the Gutters Before the Snow Melts
When the snow starts melting, all that water needs somewhere to go. That’s what your gutters are for. But, gutters tend to get clogged during the winter. Leaves, twigs, and other debris build up and create blockages. So when the snow melts, the gutters get backed up and start overflowing, and all of that runoff ends up running down the sides of your home. Water on the outside of your home can get into the walls and create mold, mildew, and structural damage. It can also erode your foundation and cause thousands of dollars of damage. So just clean those gutters and save yourself a lot of money and hassle.
2. Check Your Roof Shingles
If you have shingles on your roof, you need to check to make sure none came loose during those winter storms. With spring just around the corner, more storms are on their way. You don’t want to get caught with a leaking roof! Water gets in your attic and brings with it mold, mildew, and thousands of dollars of structural damage.
3. Check the Chimney
This should be done even if you didn’t use the chimney. Check for damage and have the flue cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Fix any small problems before they become big problems.
4. Make sure firewood isn’t stored too close to buildings
If you use a wood-burning stove of any kind, it is convenient to have a stack of firewood as close to the house as possible. But, as the weather warms, it is important to get that wood away from any buildings because it can be a fire hazard. Firewood should be stored at least eighteen inches off the ground and two feet from the nearest structure.
5. Check Outside Faucets
If you did your homework in the fall, your outside faucets should have been turned off and drained, preserving them during the cold of winter and preventing freezing. However, it is still good to double check for damage and signs of freezing before turning them back on again. Turning them on prematurely without fixing any damage could result in burst pipes and a huge mess, in addition to a pile of bills to pay for water damage.
6. Service your HVAC Every Spring
Spring is always good time to get your HVAC serviced by John A. Kinkaid Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, the most trusted name in HVAC services in the Delaware Valley! Contact us in the Willow Grove area at 215-657-1262 and in the Ambler area at 215-646-5577. Or contact us online to request an appointment today!