Tips from Toby – Quick Winter Outdoor Tasks
It's been awfully dry and that can lead to some expansion and contraction of our home and soil. About 60% of foundation issues are caused by clogged gutters, broken downspouts, or improper drainage. Now is a good time to make sure those downspouts aren't clogged and draining away from your home. Those ornamental grasses near your home need to be pruned back. They are a fire hazard and should be trimmed now to allow them to grow back next Spring. Do you have ice melter handy? It won't be long before the next Polar Vortex comes upon us. Make sure you pick up some ice melter that is safe for your concrete, pets and carpet next time you're out shopping. Keep a bag handy in your trunk too!
Spring Home Inspection
Between last year's drought and the heavy snowfall we've had there are a bunch of things around the outside of our home that need a Spring inspection. From checking your downspouts and even gas meter there has been a lot of damage from soil movement and the expansion and contraction from temperature changes. Now is the time to do a home check up and make sure you don't have any little problems that could turn into big - costly issues down the road.