Outdoor Spring Maintenance with Mike Holmes
Spring has officially sprung! Even if you’re in an area that’s still dealing with snow, it’s not too early to plan your spring maintenance jobs for the season. After all, here in Toronto, one day you’ll get beautiful warm weather, and the next, 2 feet of snow – take advantage of the nice weather when it hits to start knocking items off your to-do list.
Every spring should begin with a roof inspection. Why? Winter can do a number on your roof and before the April showers start, you need to assess the state of your roof to see if it’s in need of repairs. Your roof is a major line of defence against water getting into your home, and a weak roof can lead to big problems in your home by ruining insulation, and causing mold, mildew, and rot.
Look for curled shingles, or missing granules (take a look in your gutters) – of course, shingles that are missing all together are a big red flag.
Taking Care of Your Gutters
You might not think about it but if your gutters are in poor health, it can cause big problems for the rest of your home. Gutters that are clogged can overflow and dump water right next to your foundation, or in some cases, even flow back to the roof, causing damage to your shingles.
Especially if you have a lot of trees in your yard, you may find that your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, and you’re constantly climbing your ladder to clean them. You can cut down on this chore by installing a mesh screen over your gutters. This allows leaves and other debris to gather on top, and be blown off by the wind, while water still trickles down through the gutters.
So: clean your gutters, install a guard, check and seal leaks, and refasten them to the home if they’re pulling away. Finally, your gutters won’t do you much good if they’re dumping water right next to your foundation. Install an extension for your downspout so that water is expelled a few feet from your home.
All it takes is a little maintenance and care, and you can extend the life of your deck by 10 years. It really makes a difference. So what are you looking for with your yearly spring deck check?
Look for protruding nails and loose screws, rotting boards, and corroding fasteners. Hammer loose nails back in, or replace them with deck screws. Refasten loose screws, replace corroded fasteners. And if you see any instances of rotting boards, replace them quickly before it spreads to other boards.
For surface mold on your deck, apply Concrobium House & Deck Wash to clean off the unsightly mold streaks.
If there’s stronger staining remaining after using the House & Deck Wash use Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser to pull off those most stubborn marks and make your deck shine like new.
Has this winter felt like a particularly long one to anybody else? I’m looking forward to getting into consistent spring weather – and even getting started on my spring to-do list. Anything’s better than being cooped up inside during another massive snowstorm.