Of the four seasons, winter is usually the harshest on any building. The transition from chilly winter weather to more pleasant springtime temperatures is the ideal time for an inspection of your property. Early detection and repair of the problems you find will save a lot of money and headaches in the long run.
Bone-chilling winter drafts do have an upside – they tell you that the home is suffering from air leaks and help you locate them. Cracks and gaps in caulking or warped door and window frames are the usual culprits. Fortunately, weather-stripping is simple and cost-effective – basic DIY knowledge, a utility knife, measuring tape, and sealing tape are all you need to solve this common problem.
Water expands when it freezes. The innumerable tiny cracks in driveways and walkways suffer from the stress of snow melting inside them and then freezing. Cracks can also appear in building walls and foundations. Apart from the structural damage, they can also become home to pests. Inspect these areas and seal the cracks before they require major, costly repair.
The roof is your first line of defense against the cold, water, and pests. If you plan on inspecting it yourself, ensure that it is free of snow and ice. This both improves visibility and makes for a safer surface to navigate. Missing or damaged shingles and warped sections should be repaired or replaced immediately. Ignoring these issues can lead to catastrophic damage. Such crevices are also the ideal breeding ground for pests.
Many homeowners don’t insulate their attics because it is an infrequently used space. However, the lack of all-round insulation results in higher heating bills in the winter and an unbearably hot space in the summer. In addition, inexpensive pipe insulation can prevent the inconvenience and cost of a burst pipe during the deep freeze of winter.
If you have a green thumb, spring is an exciting time! Prepare your soil to give your plants the best beginning possible. Prepping the yard involves clearing the debris that has been left behind by snow and slush as well as any plant matter. They block the sunlight, inhibiting the even growth of grass regardless of the quality of soil underneath. Regular mowing encourages good grass growth – once every five days is ideal.
Fertilize the soil early so it has adequate time to mature. However, do not sow immediately. Instead, wait until late March to give plants the best odds of survival. Alternatively, you can plant vegetables and plants inside the warmth of your home now and transfer them outside when the weather has improved.