With the chilly winter weather making its last few splashes, we all know spring is right around the corner. That means it is time for proactive homeowners to get ahead of the game and start preparing for spring home maintenance. Many maintenance tasks are so simple that you can get the entire household in on the action. Getting a head start on your home maintenance is the easiest way to ensure you and your loved ones will enjoy a happy and healthy new year. 

5 Simple Spring Home Maintenance Steps

Gutters and Downspouts

If you got to your fall maintenance task list, this means your gutters should be ready for another good cleanup. This is the perfect time to clean out build-up that has been jamming the lines over the winter months and make any necessary repairs. Take extra care to run the hose in the downspouts and on the roof to ensure proper flow. 

Water Sources

From the water heater to drainage pipes, spring maintenance means checking that all water sources are working and flowing properly. Check toilets and sinks for possible leaks and if necessary, have your local plumber, such as Rakeman Plumbing, make any repairs. Prevent clogs and build-up by checking sinks and showers for proper flow as well.

Windows and Doors

Save on heating and cooling costs by filling cracks and holes in screens. Spring brings with it plenty of bugs that are looking for easy ways to enter your home. If patching isn't an option, replace worn out and holy screens with new ones. This is also a good time to lubricate hinges and replace any hardware that is broken or out of date. 


Your home is nothing without a solid foundation. This is the perfect season to look for wet spots or leaks in the basement. Because spring is the wet season, fixing potential problems in this area before they get worse will save you lots of time and money down the road.

Exterior Check

Finish up your fresh start to the year with a clean sweep of the home's exterior. Clean out attic vents, chimneys, dryer vents and other areas that may be in need of a little TLC. If you plan on doing any gardening this year you'll also need to pay attention to outdoor faucets and hose bibs. If the water isn't flowing freely or you see any major leaks, a call to the plumber is the easiest way to get things back on track.