Spring Maintenance

Winters in Saskatchewan can be harsh. It may be stating the obvious, but even
with a relatively mild winter, the cold, snow, and ice can cause plenty of
changes to the exterior of your home. This is what you need to help you make
your way into Summer:
 Inspect and clean your eavestrough: When it comes to your gutters, clean is best. Even if
you tidied things up last fall before the snow came it is important to check these again.
Leaves, twigs, and debris will continue to gather on your roof through the late fall and
winter. When the snow melts everything gets washed into your eavestrough, threatening to
clog your downspouts.
 Check outside taps for drips: The climate in the winter can cause the seals and gaskets in
our outside taps to become dry and brittle causing them to leak. The seals and gaskets are
inexpensive to replace. If you notice any leaks to your taps, ask one of your friendly sales
associates at a local hardware store for advice and you’ll be on your way to saving on your
water bills.
 Check shingles for wear and damage: Shingles are one of the most important components
of your home. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof sheathing, the insulation, and even
the drywall on your ceiling. Most asphalt shingles should last for 25 years or more, but they
do get brittle and worn over time and may need to be replaced. A visual inspection of your
roof should be done every year. A roofing contractor can help you with this.
 Give landscaping some TLC: Your lawn, garden, and flower beds have taken a beating over
the past six months. Let’s face it, they’ve been outside all winter. Lawns should be thatched
and aerated and mulch and compost should be added to gardens and flower beds. As a
bonus, gardening is a great form of relaxation.


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