If you see color coming out of the ground from those early spring flowers, you know spring has arrived. Now that it has, you likely have some repairs you need to do. Below are some tips to help you get this done so you can start enjoying the warm weather.
If you have a brick home, walk around it and look at the mortar between the bricks. If you notice it is crumbling, you may need to do some tuck pointing, which is replacing the crumbled mortar. This is commonly found if you live in an area where the temperatures fluctuate from hot to freezing.
It can also happen if during the construction of the home the mortars were not full. If any space is left, water can settle there.
This is not an easy job for you to do yourself, and you should hire a contractor to do this for you. Contractors like AAA-1 Masonry & Tuckpointing will make sure the new mortar he or she puts in exactly matches the old mortar. He or she will likely not have to remove all the mortar, because it is harder further back.
Debris can build up in your gutters throughout the winter. If you do not clean them out, water will stand in them, and can cause damage to the fascia board. Once this happens, it will go on and damage the decking and rafters. The gutters may even start to pull away from your home. If this happens, water runs down the side of your house and gets to your foundation. Cleaning the debris out is a simple job and does not take a long time. It is well worth your time to save you in high repair bills.
One of the best ways to determine if your gutters are clogged is to wait for a rainy day. Go outside and see how well the water is running out of them. If you notice there is not a lot of water coming, out or only a little then the gutter is definitely clogged.
The debris is usually small, such as twigs, leaves, etc. You can likely use your hand to scoop them out. If you have a lot of debris, a handheld leaf blower works well. If you see smaller debris and dirt, flush the gutter out with your garden hose.
If you do notice the gutters sagging or other problems, you may want to consider hiring a contractor to either repair them or replace them.