ecohandymanGet Your Home Ready for Spring in 5 Easy Steps:

1) Have your roof inspected to insure that shingles are not missing and that penetrations are properly flashed and sealed.

2) Clean your gutters and downspouts. Insure that they deposit the water at least 10ft from the home, at a downward slope, to keep the water away from your foundation.

3) If you have a basement or crawlspace with a sump-pump, test it with a bucket of water or a garden hose. The float should move freely, and the pump should be secure. Also, inspect the pipes that come off the sump to insure that they are in good shape, and that the water is moving downhill from your home.

4) If you have a crawlspace with a dirt floor, consider a crawlspace “vapor barrier” on the floor, in addition to any radon systems and sumps that you may have in place. It will help improve the indoor air quality in your home and likely reduce any musty smell. The best decision is to have the barrier professionally installed with sealed seams and a durable material.

5) Have your air conditioner or evaporative cooler prepped for summer BEFORE it gets hot. This will save you a few uncomfortable days and service companies can take more time when it’s not 90 degrees outside.  They may even have a discount in the “in-between” season. Don’t have an evaporative cooler, and want to know more about the latest? Give us a call today!

We are happy to help you with these things if you prefer to get outside rather than get into your crawlspace. Let us know how we can help, and check out our website for more details on how we can help you with your home.