April showers are just around the corner which means you may want to start thinking about getting your home in check before things get wet and muddy. It’s important to start now so that your property is in tip top shape by the time Summer arrives. The up-coming Easter weekend is a perfect opportunity to get started on your repair projects!
The DIY fanatics at DickiesStore have set up a list of tasks to check off and to give your home the face lift it needs before we get hit by the rainy season.
1. Check Windows and Doors for Drafts
Go through your home and open windows to ensure the seal and caulking around the window frame is in good condition. Think of adding heavier drapery around windows that regularly start to draft. This will help the heating and cooling of your home and save you money in the long run, especially with electricity costs. Take a look at Bryan Baeumler’s video on how to perform proper caulking.
2. Inspect the Chimney Cap and Masonry
Moisture and weather can begin to wear down and deteriorate the chimney cap (the flat part at the very tip of the chimney). If there’s been a lack of maintenance and the bricks have started to break loose, it can become expensive to fix.
3. Inspect Siding, Soffit and Fascia Board
The horizontal boards underneath the attics are the soffit boards, and the vertical boards that are attached to the gutter are the fascia boards. If there are cracks and/or separations within those boards, water can penetrate which causes additional damage. If this has happened, replace each board as needed.
4. Inspect, Clean, and Re-attach Gutters
Signs such as roofing nails or pieces of shingles in the gutters might be an indication that the roof needs inspecting. Check for rusting along the bottom of the gutters and make sure that gutter extensions discharge water at least three inches away from the house. Use work gloves to protect your hands.
5. Check Your Roof for Missing Shingles, Proper Installation and Other Issues
Roofs can have a myriad of problems if proper annual upkeep isn’t a focus for homeowners. Make sure that there are no gaps around pipes and corners of roofs, and double check to make sure that shingles extend ¾ inches past the roof decking to allow water to drip into the gutter. If there’s inadequate clearance, the water will run down the fascia boards and cause rotting. Add either a row of shingles around the roof or add aluminium flashing to fix these problems.
6. Unclog Drains – Without Chemicals
Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe. Let it sit for one hour or even overnight if you can. Flush with hot water. Alternatively, get as much of the dry baking soda as you can down the drain first, then pour down the vinegar.
7. Pre-April Showers Tips for the Garden
Here are a few tips to help you naturally maintain and improve your garden: mow your lawn on the highest setting so that you don’t have to do it frequently, test your soil to find out what your soil needs, and use a healthy and friendly fertilizer to nourish your plants for Summer. If you experience too much weed or grass growth in unwanted areas such as around walk ways and paths, you can use boiling water, vinegar and salt to naturally remove the unwanted grass or weeds.
8. Tips for Keeping Your House Cool During Summer
Keep your windows closed and your shades pulled during the day to keep out unwanted heat and humidity. You can also install a power vent or attic vent fan to help pull the warm air up and out of the house. If you do use an air conditioner, make sure to have it routinely maintained and always check the filter to make sure it is clean. Out of date heating and cooling systems are huge energy guzzlers.
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We hope we covered the most important fixes and tasks. Please add your suggestions if we’ve left anything out!