Spring Home Maintenance
We are finally coming to the end of winter... hopefully. We are known to have a second winter here in Edmonton however there is no doubt homeowners have some maintenance to look after during springtime. It goes without saying, the most common issue that arises in homes during the "melting season" is water in the basement. Now many people think that this is directly related to your foundation, I am here to tell you there is many things you can do right now to ensure the water is flowing where it needs to go. The first things homeowners need to look at is there downspouts and slope of their lot. The main objective is to carry water away from your foundation. Something as simple as putting your downspouts down and away from your home can make an insurmountable difference. Also, take a look at the lay of the land. Where is the water going? If your downspouts and the direction of the water is headed away from the property you probably won't have issues. Another amazing spring maintenance tip is to check your sump pumps. Right now, they should be dry, so it is a good idea to clean them up so you pump will run properly. Take a shop-vac and get rid of all the dust and particles inside of the sump tank. You may even want to quickly test your sump pump to make sure it is working. Better to test it now rather than when it's to late. Like the downspouts, make sure your pump is projecting water away from your foundation. Many homes we see have a functional sump pump however the water is flowing outside right back into the foundation. Not very efficient.
Air quality is very important and is sometimes hard to manage here in Edmonton due to our snow mould and drastic season change. You should be replacing your furnace filter every month or two and especially in the springtime. Your furnace will be taking in air from the outside including all the allergens and dust that come with the "melting season". Keep an eye on your furnaces functionality and replace those filters. If own a newer home be sure to check you HRV systems as well. Most of the systems today have "dishwasher compatible" filters which makes it extremely easy for the homeowner. These systems are incredibly useful in our climate. They keep the air quality in check with little to no maintenance.
If you have any questions or concerns, we would be happy to come to your home and give you a free functionality evaluation. We have had Stacey Thorburn on our podcast recently talking about home efficiency. We cover some amazing contact so be sure to tune in!
-Ross Storoshenko REALTOR