Home Maintenance Tips

Home Maintenance Tips

  • Joe Tomazin
  • 03/15/24

Re-stain and Reseal Woodwork
Winter often piles snow, sleet, slush and other things onto decks and other wooden structures, which can cause tremendous harm in the overall makeup of wood-crafted structures and finishes.

Take a close look at any wooden decks, wood trim and other wooden structures on the exterior of your home to see if they have been warped, stained or discolored. If they have, it likely means the wood seal has worn off and it’s time to reseal.

If you have a wooden deck and want to know if you need to reseal it, just pour some water onto the deck. If the water beads up, the seal is likely still intact and you may be able to wait a few more months or a year before you need to reseal the deck. If the water doesn’t bead up, you’ll want to reseal your deck this spring.

Examine Water Heater
Nobody wants a leaky water heater. If improperly working, it could damage the floor it sits on and cause you to make many more costly repairs. If you see any water or signs of rust around the water heater, you’ll want to call a professional to inspect it. These small leaks and signs of rust could eventually cause sediment buildup and major problems in the future, if not taken care of right away.

Dan Kelleher Plumbing and Heating is a great place to start with any repair needs!

Check Screen Doors and Windows
Screens are designed to let the breeze flow in and keep bugs out — but they can only do their job if they’re free from holes and tears. Before setting up your screens for the warm months ahead, be sure to carefully check each one and repair any holes or tears, no matter how small. You can find screen repair kits at most hardware and home improvement stores.

Inspect Walkways and Driveway
Repeated freezing and thawing can take a toll on asphalt and concrete and walkway pavers. Check your driveway and walkways for cracks, settling or shifting, scheduling repairs as needed.


Keep Mosquitoes at Bay
Having warmer weather and longer days means we’re entering mosquito season (especially to all my Scarborough friends). Take preventative measures by regularly checking your property for standing water and emptying it. Any open containers (empty flowerpots and saucers, a wheelbarrow) can become mosquito breeding grounds when filled with rainwater, so store items like these upside down or in a shed.

Freshen up the Entryway
If the entryway to your home screams winter — a plastic tray out for dripping boots, a closet clogged with coats — try giving it a facelift. Store the gear you won’t need during warmer weather. Replace the doormat if it’s worn or grubby. Put out an umbrella holder for spring showers. And add a mirror or lamp to make the space brighter and more inviting. Outside, dust off the cobwebs and sweep the floor. Check that mat, too, and replace it if needed.


Grilling Season is Here
If you have a gas grill, check the hoses and connections. Be sure to check the burner jets for any obstructions. You’ll want to clean the grill and make sure it is safely operational before you plan any events. 

If you have a charcoal grill, it’s a good idea to spend some time removing debris and residue. It’s important to do this regularly if the grill is in frequent use as build-ups of ash and grease can be dangerous.

Change Furnace Filters
Yep. Every three months. If you did it in December, it’s time to do it again.

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