Quick Home Repair Tips
You're a do-it-yourselfer, a weekend warrior. You love to tinker around
the house and putter around the yard. Your tool shed is a source of
pride, as is the great shape your home is in and the immaculate
condition of your lawn. All this home repair and maintenance keeps you
busy, so often you just want to get the information you need and get to
work so that you can get on with enjoying the house and yard you work so
hard at maintaining. Here are five home repair tips for bringing
your house back to life after winter weather, but if you're in need of
some other bits of advice, you'll have to follow the maintenance
Repair Cement If you live in climates that experience cold winters,
water and moisture will have seeped into the concrete in your sidewalks
and driveways. It will have frozen and expanded and caused cracks. You
should patch potholes and repair those cracks. Don't forget to clean
your concrete and apply a sealer. Concrete cleaning and repair kits can
be purchased at most major home improvement centers.
Clean Your Deck Wood decks will take a beating during the winter.
They will suffer from exposure to the moisture, and the wood will be
stressed from repeated expansion and contraction. Give your deck a good
power washing, and scrub it with a brush if needed. If that doesn't
work, purchase a commercial deck cleaner. Repair any planks that have
cracked or broken or look like they might soon. Refinish the deck, if it
needs it or you want to, and re-seal it.
Clean Out Your Gutters Dirt and leaves and debris will have
accumulated in the gutters over the winter. Sweep them out and then
rinse them with a hose. Check for rust and scrub it off with a
wire-bristled brush if necessary. Reattach any fallen gutters or spouts.
Repair Siding Replace any broken or cracked panels and re-caulk
between them if necessary. If your siding is stucco, re-patch where
needed. The spring is a good time for touching up paint or repainting.
Repair Window Screens Screens may have been damaged during the
winter, so patch them or replace them to keep unwanted summer pests out
of your home.