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Outdoor spring maintenance tips

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Spring is finally here! Although it means warmer temperatures and longer days it also means the potential for disaster when it comes to spring melt and your home in Saskatoon, especially if you are preparing to sell. With the snowfall we’ve had this year, without proper maintenance, your home could be a disaster waiting to happen. These are a few things to keep in mind.

Foundation grade- If there is a pool of water or heavy snow loads against the foundation, it’s best to clear it as far away as you can to avoid seepage into the home. In order to create positive drainage (ie the drainage you want to have) it’s best to remove all mulch and debris from the surface as it can actually make drainage problems worse. Your goal here should be to achieve a vertical drop of about half an inch per foot. Once enough soil has been moved then ensure you tamp it down well to secure it and then you can add the mulch layer on top.

Sump pump- If you have one great, if not, consider getting one! Test your sump pump to make sure it is in good working order. To test it, ensure it’s plugged in and and lift the float to simulate a full pit. The pump should start pumping out the ground water. I’ve seen a few times where the sump pump wasn’t actually working and caused major issues for the homeowner.

Gutters and downspouts- On practically every home inspection I hear that the downspouts should be further extended and directed away from the house. Downspouts should be extended a minimum of 4 feet from the foundation. It’s important to direct water levels away from the foundation. Check for loose or sagging downspouts and ensure they are clear and free of any debris. Consider adding screens to the spouts or caps to help ensure they remain free-flowing.

For more on what you can do to help prevent spring run off problems, contact me and I’d be happy to help point you in the right direction.

Kari Calder

Saskatoon real estate agent

Century 21 Fusion

Kari@saskatoonrealestate.net

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