Spring is just around the corner.
All this is despite the National Weather Service predicting that New York City can still expect significant snowfall before winter finally subsides. Spring will be bringing warmer days to spend adventuring in and around NYC or in your own backyard with family and friends.
Although it is still cold out, now is as good a time as any to start thinking about what spring maintenance your home may require. After what can only be described as a bitterly cold season, almost all homes will be in need of some TLC to negate the effect the inclement weather had on your house.
Inspect your roof and chimney
Once the frosty weather has subsided you will have to check your roof and chimney for damage. If you are comfortable with heights you can climb on a ladder to look for missing shingles and other signs of wear and tear. Alternatively, you can remain with your feet safely on the ground and scrutinize your roof with a pair of binoculars. Any signs of rust, leaks, and rot need to be addressed swiftly before the issue escalates into a bigger, more expensive one. Do not forget to inspect your chimney carefully as well for any signs of damage, focusing particularly on the joints between bricks and stones.
Clean your gutters and downspout
Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause significant damage to your roof as well as your foundation. Clear all visible leaves and other debris out and check for any leaks and other damage. If your gutters are loose, reattach them or seek out professionals to do the work for you. Always ensure that your downspouts are facing away from the house to ensure efficient draining or, alternatively, make use of a rainwater barrel to catch water for use in your garden.
Do not forget about your driveway
After taking care of your roof and gutters, take a walk around your property to look for any cracks and other signs of damage in your walkways and driveway. Concrete, cement, and asphalt can not only be marred by ice and snow, but by shovels and snow plows as well. You can repair small cracks in your hard surfaces with either a concrete filler or silicone caulk although it may be better, in the long run, to completely replace areas with substantial damage.
Keeping your home well-maintained may seem like a tedious task, but it is one that is well worth the effort. By carrying out seasonal maintenance you will not only ensure that your home looks great, but also save money by preventing small problems from turning into gigantic ones.