By now, we’re in the throes of winter! There seems to be an unending amount of projects, parties, gatherings, shopping, etc. to do! Between all of this and spending time relaxing family and friends, as a homeowner you should also take a little bit of time to give your home some attention, in order to minimize the possibility of damages to your property or injury to others.
We have a few simple outdoor home maintenance projects that can help you improve the safety of your home, keeping everyone and everything as safe as possible during the holiday season:
1. If you have a basement, inspect it for foundation cracks, leaks, or seepage. Call a foundation expert for possible solutions. If you catch it early, it could be an easy fix, rather than a major expense and repair job in the future. (This isn’t an outdoor item per say, but it’s not technically a living space, so it didn’t make our indoor list).
2. Inspect your driveway, patio, and any other concrete slabs for cracks, and fill them immediately.
3. Walk around your deck and look for rotted wood, split or cracked boards, raised boards, missing nails or screws, and check the overall structure. To extend its life, you should make sure it’s re-stained and re-sealed whenever it needs.
4. Check your gutters to make sure they’re not loose or leaking. Clean the leaves and debris from your gutters often.
5. Inspect the trees in your front and back yard. If there are exposed roots, cut them or cover them with mulch, to smooth out the ground and prevent trips and falls.
6. Look for dead or rotting limbs on your trees. They could snap and fall, injuring someone, or damaging your roof or a window. Cut those limbs before they fall on their own.
7. Take a look at any wooden gates, railings, and outdoor furniture you have. If it’s weathered, sand it down to avoid splinters or cuts.
8. If you have a fire pit in your back yard, add large stones or other fireproof objects around it to prevent tripping or proximity to it.
9. Clean your air conditioning system to make sure it is working properly. That can save you lots of money in the long run!
10. Don’t forget to clean out your dryer vent. Clogged dryer vents are a huge fire hazard, but can be easily avoided with good regular cleaning.
Stay tuned for tips on maintenance and safety indoors in our next blog!