First spring in your brand new home? Seeing the flower beds bloom, where the most light comes in and which windows to open to get that first warm breeze can be invigorating. It also means thawed winter snows flooding around your foundation and more rainstorms weathering your roof. Here’s a few things to prepare yourself with, so spring surprises don’t keep you awake at night.
First and foremost locate the main shut-off valve to your plumbing. If any flooding does occur, it won’t take you long to bring the problem to a halt. The last thing you want is to be surprised by some spring flooding and feeling helpless trying to stop the water from flowing in. If its behind a wall, or even tiled up in a bathroom you might want to consider moving it. Insulation for your pipes can extend their longevity. Exposed pipes especially running through unheated areas like the garage or unfinished basement are very susceptible to temperature changes and we all know how dramatic those changes can be during springtime in Richmond. Condensation caused from changes in temperature can corrode your pipes leading to future leaks.
Other than adding almost 20% value to your home, landscaping has another very important duty, and that’s keeping water away from your foundation. In this instance, don’t focus on your flower beds, but literally the shape of your surrounding yard and flowerbeds. Its a good idea to have a 1 inch downgrade for every foot leading away from your house. This won’t allow water to sit or seep into your foundation. If you have box planters fixed directly next to your home, it’d be a good idea to relocate them, as the aesthetic value isn’t worth the damage it could create. Waterproofing remediation is one of the most costly repairs to have done on a home. And of course, always make sure your gutters and drains are clear and free of debris so water can move more easily.
Finally, take a breath of fresh air, because your A/C unit doesn’t actually require as much regular inspection or maintenance as your furnace does in the fall! Just make sure the unit is clear of leaves a debris before you turn it on!
So rest assured, springtime in your new home can be a magical experience and not a migraine, it just takes a little vigilance and preparedness!