Most parts of North America may still be hunkering down in the cold, even as other regions are warm enough for homeowners to start planting gardens. Regardless of what the temperatures are like where you are, though, chances are you’ll be exposed to stronger than normal winds. Those can take a toll on your home and do damage – or even create safety hazards, if you are not prepared. Already in February there were unusually early tornadoes across the USA, for instance, that caused havoc, destruction, and deaths. So here are some home maintenance tips to help you get ready for March weather.
Check Trees for Loose Limbs
Use a pair of binoculars to check the tree for dead, rotten, or dislodged limbs. You’ll need to hire an arborist to safely remove those, because it needs to be done in a way that is also not going to cause unnecessary damage or disease to your valuable trees. Hiring unqualified people to do tree work can cause more harm than good, because if they trim the tree incorrectly it can kill the whole tree.
Since you’ll need arborist anyway to help to tend to any potentially hazardous limbs, it may be simpler and easier to just call an arborist and have them do the check for dead and rotten limbs. Their trained eyes will spot trouble easier than you can, even if you have binoculars. They can also provide you with a written estimate for remedying any problems they may find.
Observe the Roof, Safely
Hold on to those binoculars to check your roof, too, because it is not worth the risk to climb up on a high roof on a ladder. Every year homeowners are seriously injured or die from falls because they venture onto a roof. You can see whatever you need to from a safe vantage point using binoculars, and you’ll want to look for any stray limbs on the roof as well as missing, damaged, or badly curled or loose shingles or flashing around dormers and chimneys.
If you spot any trouble areas, have a roofing contractor do a closer investigation and perform any needed repairs. As long as your roof is in overall good shape, mending a few shingles will be relatively inexpensive – whereas leaving vulnerabilities heading into windy and rainy weather could be risk for leaking, which can become very costly and require both roof repairs and interior repairs to your home.
Review Your Emergency Plans
Every season it is a good idea to review and update your family’s emergency protocols. For winter you may have planned for a blizzard. But with spring arriving you should put away the ice melt, snow shovels, and space heaters and check to be sure that your fire extinguishers are charged, your smoke detectors are in good working order, and you have at least a 3-day supply of fresh water stored for emergencies. Make sure adults know how to turn off the plumbing, natural gas, and electricity if there is an emergency and that you have a safe room or basement where you can shelter in place in case of extremely high winds or a tornado.
Get Ready to Enjoy Springtime
If you haven’t already done so, it is also a good idea to give all your vehicles a good wash, especially on the undercarriage. That way the corrosive salts or other chemicals used as ice melt on the roadways in wintertime won’t continue to corrode the metal on the underside of your car or truck. Replace HVAC filters with new, clean ones, and start making your checklists for springtime flower bed maintenance and preparations for outdoor grilling and recreation.