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Checklist: Spring Maintenance

Roof – Inspect roof surface flashing, eaves, and soffits.

Gutters and downspouts – Clean out; inspect and repair weaknesses; check for proper drainage.

Siding – Inspect and clean siding.

Exterior caulking – Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating.

Window sills, door sills, and thresholds – Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if necessary.

Window and door screens – Clean screening and repair or replace; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

Drain waste and vent system – Flush out system.

Hot-water heating system – Lubricate circulating pump and motor.

Evaporative air conditioner – Clean unit; check belt tension and adjust; replace cracked or worn belt.

Heat pump – Lubricate blower motor.

Foundation – Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration.

Siding and trim – Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure.

Deck and porches – Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration.

Landscape – Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures.

Flashing – Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls.

Antenna – Check antenna and satellite dish supports.

Sprinkler – Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines.

Water well – Consider having well water tested for safety.

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