Spring is in the air and with it comes warmer weather, lots of outdoor activities, and plenty of “honey do” lists. If you aren’t sure where to start in your springtime to do lists, Stacy Gilliam with diynetwork.com has the following maintenance suggestions which will help protect your home from water damage or mold growth…

  • Gutters—gutters do their job best when clean. Trapped moisture can leave a house susceptible to mold and mildew and cause major damage to your roof and walls. Also, make sure the downspout is clean and pointing at least two feet away from foundation walls.
  • Check your paint—look for chipped, cracked paint along the exterior of your home. Exposed wood is susceptible to rot. Scrape off any failing paint. Sand it down so there are no rough edges, prime the bare wood surface and paint it with a high quality paint product.
  • Cut Overgrowth—trim overgrown trees and hedges away from your home to discourage the growth of mildew and moisture. Branches should be at least 7 feet away from the exterior of your house to prolong the life of your siding and roof. Get rid of out-of-control vines, as they can help crack siding and allow moisture and pests entry into your home.
  • Watch for leaks—investigate all doors and windows for leaks and drafts, particularly near the corners. Look for peeling and chipping paint, which can signal water intrusion. Seal any open areas between the frame and the wall to keep out water, which can deteriorate building materials. Neglecting these tasks can open up potential for environmental hazards like mold growth, experts say.
  • Peek at the plumbing—check for leaking faucets or sweating pipes, clogged drains and faulty water drainage systems. On laundry day, look at the washing machine hoses for bulges, cracks or dampness. Check under the sink for leaks, and make note of wetness around the dishwasher. Inspect your water heater for leaks and corrosion.
  • Tackle the tiles—pay attention to worn grout between floor tiles in the bathroom or kitchen. A small crack in the grout or caulk can lead to an expensive repair later. If necessary, re-seal as soon as possible.

These are some great suggestions to help protect and possibly prevent water and mold damage to your home. For more information, you can find the full article at http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/spring-home-maintenance-guide/pictures/index.html.