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Old 04-05-2011, 11:07 PM   #1
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New home owner - need spring maintenance suggestions!

Hello all,

I'm a young home owner and I'm looking for your after-winter maintenance tips. I had some serious water intrusion issues last year through a rotten window sill, something that I didn't realize I needed to check.

I don't want to experience any similar issues if I can prevent them, so, experienced home-owners, I'm putting it to you: do you guys have any tips / suggestions on things I need to inspect or repair? I live in northern Canada, we get some pretty cold winters with lots of snow, and our summers can be quite hot and rainy.

Any tips you might have, no matter how simple, is welcome! Thanks!


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Old 04-06-2011, 05:55 AM   #2
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I like to start at the top (so to speak), check your roof for any shingles that may have come off or been damaged during the winter.
Check the gutters and downspouts for damages or leaks, clean if needed.
As you mentioned, check windows and sills for any re-sealing that might need to be done.
When it's good and dry, I'll restain weathered boards that may need it.
When it comes to the grounds,-clean; get rid of built up leaves that can promote damp areas, infestations, etc.
Trim back landscaping plants that need it.
Dethach & fert the grass.

Add gas-stabilizer to you snowblowers' tank and run it for 5 to 10 minutes.
Change the oil, lubricate all moving parts, clean, cover it up and it it'll be good-to-go next fall.
I know there's more....
others can add to the list...


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Old 04-06-2011, 07:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info! Anyone else?
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