As winter draws to a close, most homeowners realize the value of indoor spring cleaning, but what about the outside? Your home’s exterior needs just as much attention after a long winter. Every season requires homeowners to do some sort of outdoor maintenance but doing so in the warmer months of the year will provide the greatest results. And spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, that’s why here at LeafGuard we’ve put together an easy spring-cleaning checklist for your home. Repairing landscape, refresh your deck, and washing your homes exterior is a great way to get your home ready for spring.
During the winter months those old open top gutters fill with leaves and other debris, causing water to run over the top and onto the landscape of your home. And despite your best efforts, this can lead to bare spots in your grass and erosion of your flowerbeds. Start by removing the damaged grass and lightly rake the soil to loosen and prepare it for the seed. Then replace it with new seed or sod and water the area as much as needed to keep it moist. Once the grass has been repaired its time to move onto the flowerbeds. Look for any signs of washout such as, exposed roots and splashing of soil or mud. Use new soil to fill in areas of erosion in your flowerbeds and cover it with new mulch. This will help prevent soil erosion and runoff in the future.
Refresh Your Deck
That long tough winter of snow, rain, and ice may have left your deck in desperate need of a little maintenance. During the winter months gutters clog and overflow, which can lead to water damage and stains on your homes deck. Making this the perfect time of year to refresh your deck before those warmer months arrive. First use a leaf blower and broom to remove any leaves or other debris that might have accumulated throughout the winter. Once everything is clear, inspect and replace any deck boards that have become damaged or rotten. After all the repairs have been made use a power washer and brush to get rid of any dirt and grime. But be sure to start off with the lowest pressure on the power washer to avoid splintering the wood. Now that you’ve repaired and cleaned your deck, it’s time to give it a brand-new look with a fresh coat of stain or paint.
Wash Your Homes Exterior
As open top gutters clog with leaves and other debris, water spills over the front of the gutters, leading to mold and water stains on your home’s exterior. And after a long winter the outside of your home may be in desperate need of a good cleaning. Plus, it’s a great way to keep your home well maintained and increase curb appeal. Depending what type of material is on your home, consider using a mild cleaner and power washer to eliminate those harsh stains. But remember to start off with a lower pressure to avoid damaging the exterior material.
Repairing landscape, refreshing your deck, and washing your homes exterior is a great way to get your home ready for spring. And make spring cleaning a little easier by eliminating water damage and stains from overflowing gutters with one call to LeafGuard. It’s the only patented, seamless, one-piece rainwater management system that’s built to stay clog free guaranteed. Don’t wait for the heavy rain to arrive before you decide you need a new gutter system. Give us a call today to schedule your free in-home estimate and gutter inspection.