After a winter of cold and icy weather, the weather warms up for spring, allowing you to begin to clean up around your home's exterior. Getting your lawn growing and free of weeds and cleaning out flower beds are just some of the tasks you can do to get your landscaping ready for summer. Here are some springtime tasks to help you get your home's exterior and hardscaped areas also looking great for the warm season.
Maintain Roof Gutters
Winter weather can be harsh on your roof and gutters, which provide a great deal of protection to your home. If water is not allowed to drain properly from your roof and away from your home, water can seep into your roof and basement foundation. If you have a lot of trees around your home, in your yard or neighbor's hard, the accumulation of debris in your gutters can pose a threat of moisture seeping into your home.
To clean out your gutters, you can safely access your roofline and remove the debris by hand or use a pressure washer to clear out the debris being careful not to spray on and damage your roofing shingles. While you are clearing your gutters, check for any leaks, cracks, gaps, or sagging in the gutters, while can cause them to improperly drain water onto the soil around your home's foundation. You can also hire a professional gutter specialist to perform this maintenance and cleaning, replacing and repairing sections, when necessary.
Clean Home Exterior
The exterior of your home, whether it is brick, stucco, or siding, can accumulate debris from a variety of sources, including birds, bugs, and weather. Using a pressure washer to clean its exterior can help to remove these stains and debris that mar your home's exterior.
When using a pressure washer, be sure you always use the tip appropriate for the material you are cleaning. For example, a 25-degree nozzle is good for cleaning your home's exterior without the risk of removing any paint or damaging the siding. If you want to first apply a cleaning solution to your home's exterior, you can use a long-range detergent nozzle to soak your home's exterior with a cleaner before washing it clean.
Rinse and Clean Pavement
While you have your pressure washer out and after cleaning out your gutters and home exterior, your paved areas will need a good cleaning to remove salt, road sand, and other collection of grime from the winter. Use your pressure washer and a 15-degree tip appropriate for cleaning pavement to spray off your driveway and sidewalk. Clear out any dirt that has collected within the cracks and seams of your concrete, which can help prevent weed growth that can cause erosion of your pavement.
If you need to repair any areas of your pavement from winter freeze-thaw heaving damage, cleaning them in this manner will prepare them for patching and filling any cracks. You can also use a concrete cleaner to prepare them for repairs. For more information, contact a company like Art's Custom Seamless Gutters Inc.