Spring Checklist – Exterior Home Maintenance

With spring in full swing I’m sure you have many items on your to-do list. However, your home is the most important purchase you will ever make, so to keep it looking good and functioning properly for years to come it’s a good idea to pay attention to certain chores while the weather allows. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises in the winter months, do you? Also, if you take care of these things now, you will have more time in the summer months to actually relax at the beach and spend time with family and friends. Am I right?

Below you will find your Vancouver Island Gutter recommended spring tasks. These tasks focus on the exterior of your home and its ability to properly channel water away and prevent things like mold, mildew, rot, and pesky critter invasions.

  1. Clean debris from gutters, make sure they are secure and check the caulking at the corners and, if you don’t have seamless gutters, at the seams.
  2. Check fascia and bargeboard for rot. If your gutters are not secured properly, have leaks at seams, or the roof overhang does not allow for sufficient drainage into the gutter system, you will most likely have water running behind the gutters and causing rot on your fascia boards. Fixing these issues during the spring and summer months means you will not have to deal with emergency situations in the fall and winter, and doing so will save you money in the long run as water will be properly directed away from your home instead of damaging your siding, making it’s way into your attic, or pooling around your home and seeping into your foundation.
  3. Check your downspouts. If you are able, it is a good idea to check your rain leaders (pipes that come up to your downspouts from your drain tile) and clear them of any debris that may have made its way down from the gutters. If your rain leaders are backed up with water, you need to seek a perimeter drain expert as water backing up in your rain leaders indicates crushed or blocked drain tiles and could cause you major issues. Check out this Shell Busy video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYoSxyd8MgU
  4. Check for loose soffit or holes in your soffit system. You don’t want critters (whether mice, wasps, bats or birds) making their home in your attic, so now is a good time to check that all soffit is secured properly, that no j-trim is loose or coming away from the building and that all vent holes (if you have wood soffit with round vent holes) have their metal mesh intact and properly secured.
  5. Trim back trees and large shrubs or bushes that may be dropping debris into your gutter system. We all love our trees and shrubs, but having them too close to the house can cause problems. Tree debris can blow or fall into the gutter in the winter, and during storms there is always the risk that a branch or section could break off and cause damage to your roof, gutters, fascia or bargeboard. Trees and shrubs too close to the house can also cause issues with their root systems, crushing drain tiles or even cracking foundation footings.

We hope this list his helpful to you as you work your way through your spring home maintenance list, but should you have any questions or need a gutter or soffit install, give us a call at 250-538-7714 or send us an email at vanislgutter@gmail.com.