Spring Home MaintenanceSummer is on its way! For those of us who haven’t done our ritual spring cleaning, we’d like to provide you with some key considerations to keep in mind on the home maintenance side of things. By paying attention to these details, you’ll help to boost the longevity of your home, minimize the need for repairs, and lessen your chances of experience severe damage that requires restoration work.

1. Fill Low Areas with Compacted Soil

If you have low areas in your yard or next to the foundation of your home, it can be beneficial to fill them with compacted soil. By doing this, you can help to prevent yard flooding when those reliable Florida showers roll around, which helps to prevent damage to your home’s foundation. As an added bonus, this helps to prevent pools of water, which create the perfect breeding ground for nuisance bugs.

2. Check Exposed Wood for Damage

You can use a screw driver to check exposed wood areas around the exterior of your home, such as doors, windows, decks, and railings. When you find soft spots or see noticeable damage, make those repairs as soon as possible. This way, you can work to prevent further damage that can result from spring and summer rain.

3. Make Sure Concrete Is Sealed

Take the time to thoroughly inspect all concrete for any movement or cracks. If you find any cracks, fill them with silicone caulk or a special concrete crack filler to make sure the areas are firm and sound. Before sealing, power-wash the area to remove any dirt or debris. Additionally, make sure that concrete slabs around the home drain away from the foundation of the home, except for pool decks. This also helps to prevent flooding and water damage.

4. Keep Firewood Away from the Home

If you have a fire pit or otherwise have a need for storing firewood, keep your home free of fire hazards by removing any wood from the immediate perimeter of the home. For best practice, it should be kept at least 2 feet away from any building structures, and 18 inches above the ground. This way, if firewood catches fire unexpectedly, the flames will be separated from your home.