It’s a new season and that means it’s time to give your home some TLC. Spring maintenance can keep your home running smoothly and efficiently while also preventing future damages and expenses. Check these items off your list to complete your seasonal maintenance routine.
- Clean out your gutters and use a garden hose to get rid of any gunk in the downspout. This prevents your home from water damage and rot.
- Check out your roof for any signs of damage. These include “curled and missing shingles, rusted and pitted flashing, and cracked caulk around pipe collars, skylights, and other roof penetrations” (source). Anything that needs repairing should be dealt with right away.
- Inspect your driveway and walkway for cracks and damage. The winter can do a number on asphalt.
- Make sure outside faucets are working properly and didn’t get damaged by the winter ice. You can turn them on and ensure that the water is flowing well.
- Do a walk-around of your property and check for any signs of damage. Take a look at your chimney, exterior walls, foundation, windows, steps, deck, and railings.
- Clean your deck, bring out your outdoor furniture, and service your BBQ. It’s almost grilling season!
- Change the filters on your furnace and air conditioner to keep them running properly. This also ensures the cleanest air for you and your family.
- Check that all of the ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in your home are working properly. They can become damaged or wear out, so should be checked periodically for safety.
- Change the direction of your ceiling fans. In the spring and summer, ceiling fans should rotate counter clockwise to create a downwards cooling draft.
- Spring-ify your home and DIY your cleaning products – catch our blog “Spring Cleaning Hacks” for tips and tricks.
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