Give Your Buildings a Spring Physical

Despite the recent resurgence of snow and colder weather, we at Gateway FS Construction Services all know that spring is coming and coming soon.  Now is the perfect time to give your home and farm buildings a spring physical, or a maintenance review, to ensure they are in the best shape possible to face the warmer weather, inside and out. 

Probably the best places to start with any of your buildings, home or farm, are the roof and foundation.  You don’t need to necessarily climb up on the roof yourself, binoculars and a keen eye will probably do the trick.  Do you see anything cracked, shifted or missing?  Anything out of the ordinary could spell trouble and needs to be addressed in order to keep your roof functioning at its top performance.  Likewise for your foundation.  Any shifting or cracking needs to be dealt with quickly before any spring rains can worsen the situation. 

 

Don’t forget to inspect your exterior walls, windows and chimneys as well.  Similar to your roof and foundation, any cracks or holes should be fixed quickly.  Be especially on the look-out for water stains on your exterior walls, which could be an indication of your gutters not working properly.  Window seals should be double-checked for their tightness as winter weather often loosens caulking and stripping.  You should also be sure to look out for signs of water infiltration in your chimney, such as missing joints or vegetation. 

 While you are outside conducting your building inspection, be sure to remove any dead branches, leaves or debris left over by the winter.  Check your outdoor water systems to be ensure they are all in good working order.  Finally, check any patios, sidewalks or decks for cracks, warps, etc.  Now is the time to fix anything you may find. 

Inside, the main thing to check is your air conditioner.  Just like you prepared your furnace for the winter, it is a good idea to make sure your air conditioner is ready to keep you cool during the upcoming summer.  A call to a service technician may even be in order, just in case.

 Whatever your spring home maintenance or construction needs, the professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced construction service representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.