Outdoor Spring Maintenance Tips
Spring maintenance is easy again with these simple tips on maintaining gutters and downspouts and preventing drainage issues around the home's foundation
Gutters and Downspouts
It is really important to make sure gutters and downspouts remain bonded to the home. Every spring it is necessary to check for loose downspouts and sagging gutters.
Tighten any loose gutter straps and, if spout extensions have been added to help keep water away from the house, make sure to reconnect any that have come loose.
It is critical to keep gutters and downspouts clear and free flowing.
Consider adding a few helpful accessories to your gutters like screens to cover the spouts or gutter cap systems that go a long way to keep gutters and downspouts free flowing.
Re-Grade Around Foundation
Note: If water pools against the home's foundation it's only a matter of time before it finds its way into the house.
In order to create positive drainage, it is important to remove any mulch or debris from the surface before moving the soil. The mulch can be reused on the new spot but it's important not to mix it with the soil. A mixture of soil, mulch and debris can actually make drainage problems worse.
A small area should only need a vertical drop of about half an inch per foot. Once enough of the soil has been moved tamp it down well to make sure it stays in place. Then add back the covering mulch.
Test Sump Pump
Once the outside water is under control, it is time to bring in a sump pump. A sump pump captures ground water in a pit, or a sump, and pumps it out and away from the house.
With a two plug system the float on the pump controls the front plug. The float has to be up for power to flow. The back plug is a direct feed to the pump. To test the pump, take the plugs apart, take the back plug, plug it in and watch the pump run, or with the plugs plugged in, lift the float to simulate a full pit. The pump should start pumping out water.
Spring Home Maintenance Guide
Preventive maintenance is crucial to the value of your home. Keep your place in tiptop shape with regular check-ups to save you the headache and cost of emergency repairs.
Tips for Cleaning and Repairing Gutters
Keep rain gutters clean and unclogged to prevent damage to your home's roof and exterior.
Home Maintenance: Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Spring home maintenance should include checking smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check out these valuable tips for keeping your home safe.
Spring Colors for the Garden
Paul James shares a list of some of his favorite spring-blooming plants.
Autumn Maintenance Tips
Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter.
Home Siding and Crawlspace Tips
Summer home maintenance just got easier with these valuable tips on maintaining a home's siding and what to look for in a crawlspace.
Extend Your Outdoor Living
With the temperatures cooling down, we show you how to extend the season with our kick-off to fall entertaining and gardening.
Dishwasher and Home Maintenance Tips
Host Tim Hockenberry shares dishwasher and home maintenance tips.
Furnace Maintenance Tips
Home heating systems that aren't properly maintained may be less than 50 percent efficient. Learn more about the importance of periodic furnace maintenance.
Tips for Summer Yard Maintenance
When the landscape is in full bloom, use these DIY yard care tips to keep it neat.
We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.More DIY Social
See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.
- Make a Thanksgiving Floral Centerpiece
- Fall Decorating for the Front Yard
- Autumn Maintenance Tips
- Tips for Cleaning and Repairing Gutters
- Furnace Maintenance Tips
- Home Maintenance: Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors