Several gathered early this morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA awaiting the emergence of the famed groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. Phil’s cage was taped with a cane, his door was opened, and Phil emerged.
After much anticipation, the Groundhog Club emcee proclaimed, “There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!” And then he added, “Take your jackets off, you’re not going to need them!”
Very few followed this advice, as the weather was reported to be in the high 20s today in Punxsutawney.
So, what does this mean for you?
Hopefully, Phil’s non-existent shadow is correct and spring is, indeed, on its way. We know how unpredictable weather can be, and even though we may be jumping the gun on this, let’s discuss what to do to prepare for spring.
If you’ve got improper drainage, water could be draining into your basement or crawl space. Check your downspouts and make sure they are draining away from the foundation and are free of debris.
Unthawed snow and spring rains that are sure to follow can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage, not to mention a breeding ground for insects.
Check wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks with a screwdriver and make necessary repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
Shingles that are cracked, buckle, loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
Examine the exterior of the chimney for any signs of damage left by Saint Nick. Flue cleaning and inspection should be done by a certified chimney sweep.
Does your concrete show signs of cracks or movement? Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk and when weather permits (hopefully sooner than later), power-wash and then seal concrete.
Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground and at least 2 feet from your home.
Check your outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the water flow, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged. Also, check the garden hose for dry rot and repair/replace accordingly.
Schedule a service with a qualified heating and cooling contractor to clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Don’t forget to change your indoor filters regularly.
Check your lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make your summer yard work go more smoothly.
Do you have spring home repairs that require a professional’s touch? Prepare for spring by contacting the House Doctors!