The official first day of spring is less than a month away! Is your home ready? Rediscover the outside world and complete these home maintenance tasks to make sure your home & its major systems run smoothly and efficiently throughout the season.
Clean your dryer vent. A clogged dryer vent not only produces a fire hazard but causes warm air to blow back into your home.
Check your gutters. Look for gutters that are loose, leaky or filled with debris. Make sure all downspouts drain away from foundation and are also clear of debris.
Check caulking around windows and doors. Bitter winter cold can cause windows and doors to slightly separate from the frame, causing your “paid air” to escape. Separation can be remedied by applying external silicone caulking or sealant.
Examine your outside spigots. When you first turn the water on, place your thumb over the opening. If you thumb alone stops the flow of water, there’s a good possibility you have pipe damage.
Give your A/C some TLC. Call your normal HVAC contractor to perform an inspection of your cooling unit. You should you’re your A/C inspected every cooling season, especially if you’ve noticed that your cooling costs have been increasing greatly. Also, now is a good time to replace your air filters.
Get ready for yard care. Clean, service, fuel or charge up any of your lawn care equipment. A lawn mower with cleaner and sharper blades creates a better-looking lawn.
Look up. From ground level, do a visual sweep of your roof to see if any shingles were lost or damaged during the winter.
Clean and rotate. If you changed the spin direction of your ceiling fans over the winter, now is a good time to clean them off and change the rotation so cool air is being pushed down.
Replace batteries. Not necessarily a spring home maintenance item, but replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every time the season changes is a good habit to get into, even if the batteries aren’t dead.
Do a clean sweep. Grab your rake and get rid of any type of debris or foliage sitting on your lawn. Raking your lawn clear of debris will encourage proper air flow to your grass and help prevent disease, mold and insect infestation.
Prepare to aerate and fertilize. Aerating and fertilizing with a pre-emergent crabgrass control is essential to achieving an envious lawn come spring and summer. Both things need to be done before temperatures reach the 55-60 degree range.
Inspect & clean your deck.Look for warped, loose or splintered boards that may need to be replaced or repaired. Your deck should be cleaned annually to extend its life, so grab the power washer and spray it down. If your deck is wood and appearing faded or worn, spring is a good time to stain and reseal it. Just make sure there isn’t any rain in the immediate forecast, so you give your sealant adequate time to dry.
Screen your screens. You won’t reap any financial benefits of keeping your windows open and leaving your A/C off if you’re having to call an exterminator to take care of critters getting through the holes in your screens. Remove your screens and give them a gentle scrub with soapy water and patch small holes as needed.
Patch up your driveway. Your driveway takes a lot of heat…and cold, foot traffic, ice melt, etc. It’s bound to give way over the years. Take an assessment of your driveway and patch up the cracks with a pourable or tubed asphalt product.
Repair cracked or peeling paint. Not only does a proper paint job do wonders for your curb appeal, but it also provides a protective barrier from the elements. Perform touch-ups where needed.