Energy Bill Increasing? Your Windows May be to Blame

Spring Outdoor Home Repairs: What You Should Know

When spring finally rolls around, all you can think about is getting back outside and enjoying the warm outdoor weather. While you managed to make it through the winter relatively unscathed, you home and landscaping may not have been so lucky. So, as you get ready to take on the great outdoors once again, get to know some of the spring outdoor home repairs you may need to work on to make sure your home is in the best possible shape to enjoy the spring and the summer season to come. 

Asphalt Driveway Repairs

The harsh, cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your home, and one aspect most vulnerable to the elements is your asphalt driveway. Asphalt often cracks or sustains damage causing, potholes in your driveway. Not only are these issues unsightly but they can cause trouble with your car tires as well. 

Repairing potholes in your asphalt driveway requires an asphalt patch kit as well as what is know as an asphalt tamper. For deep potholes, you will also need to fill it partially with dirt, sand or gravel. You will then fill the remainder of the hole with the asphalt patch and use the tamper to pound down the asphalt.  The tamper process is meant to flatten the asphalt to smooth the surface of your driveway. 

Cracks in your asphalt driveway can be fixed or left alone, depending on your preference. However, if you do decide to repair these cracks, you will need what is known as an alligator patch kit and an asphalt squeegee to smooth your work. Simply fill the cracks with the patch and smooth. Once complete, you will want to sealcoat the area to prevent future damage. Check out websites like for more info about asphalt repair.

Gutter Cleaning and Repairs

While your driveway can sustain a great deal of damage during the winter months, so can your roof, especially your gutters. When the snow and ice began to fall during the winter, you may not have had the chance to clean out your gutters of those last remaining leaves, and more may have fallen along with the snow.

This can leave your gutters full of rotting, moldy leaves when the ice and snow thaw in spring. In order for your gutters to operate properly during the rainy spring months, you should get your gutters cleaned out as soon as everything is melted and dry on your roof.

Additionally, the weight of the ice and snow in your gutters could cause them to detach from your house or sustain other damage. As such, you will need to inspect your gutters for damage and repair any issues you see as soon as possible. Detached or damaged gutters can cause flooding in your home and damage to your foundation, among other things.

Now that you know of a few of the most important spring outdoor home repairs you can make, you can get to work at making sure your home is in the best shape possible for the upcoming warm season. So, get to work, and enjoy the season.  

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Energy Bill Increasing? Your Windows May be to Blame

I noticed my energy bill was slowly creeping up higher and higher. The first thing I thought could be the cause of the problem, was my air conditioning and heating system. After a thorough inspection, the repair company said that was in great condition. So I did some research online and found that old windows could be the cause of energy bills increasing. I had no idea that as your windows age and lose efficiency, your energy bill begins to go up. In fact, that is one of the earliest signs that your windows may need to be replaced in the near future. If I didn't know this information, I am sure others didn't as well, so I created this site to educate others. This site includes many signs that indicate your windows need to be replaced, including an increasing energy bill.