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Early Spring is a perfect time for home maintenance.

Early Spring is a perfect time for home maintenance.

After a below normal temperature February, we are in the mood for spring, with a spell of above normal temps for early March.

Can’t do many of these home maintenance items right now, but it’s good to have a list of Spring To-Do’s  for when the weather is just right. Some of these are DIY projects; others are best left to professionals.

What you can do now:

  1. Replace your HVAC filters. (Do this more often than once a year.) A dirty filter forces your HVAC system to work harder, which in turn drains your wallet. It could also shorten the life of your blower motor.
  2. Check the washing machine fill hose. Look for cracks that could become leaks. A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time.
  3. Clean your dryer vent. Not all lint is caught in the lint trap. Some makes its way into the dryer vent. A clean vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run. A plugged vent not only wastes money, but could also cause a house fire.
  4. Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors if you haven’t already done so with the daylight savings time change last week.
  5. Drain you water heater. Sediment builds up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it. By doing so, you’ll prolong its life and reduce your electric bill.
  6. Clean your carpets and upholstery. Clean carpets promote better health for the entire household.
  7. Clean and organize your garage. Get rid of anything you haven’t used lately.

What to do once the weather warms up:

  1. Inspect your roof. Your roof is your first line of defense against water damage. Inspect and repair any worn areas to prevent water damage inside your home.
  2. Clean your gutters. Gutters direct rain away from your roof and home, protecting both in the process. Clogged gutters open your home to water damage; and there is a good chance you won’t notice the damage until you need an expensive repair.
  3. Fix cracks in your walks, driveways and outside of your home. Most of these repairs are fairly easy if done immediately.
  4. Repair any cracked or peeling paint. Paint makes your home look nice and provides a protective barrier from the elements.
  5. Prepare your lawn mower for summer. Change the engine oil and sharpen the cutting blade. You’ll lengthen the life of the mower and improve the look of your lawn.
  6. Check the seals around doors and windows. Winter weather can crack and harden caulk and other weather seals. You’ll reduce your air-conditioning bills in the summer.
  7. Clean vegetation around your air conditioning compressor. To work efficiently, the compressor needs good airflow. Prune any plant growth that could block it.

A few hours spent protecting and enhancing your biggest investment is time well spent!

Custom Home Design Build Specialists

We are so ready for the arrival of warm weather after what was definitely a long cold winter and now a wet chilly spring.  What preventive maintenance should you do in the Spring to prevent major problems to your home? We’d like to share this checklist to help you avoid big repair bills, increase the efficiency of your mechanicals  – and have time to play in the sunshine later.

OUTDOOR MAINTENANCE

1. Check for loose and leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement. Make sure downspout drain away from the foundation and are free and clear of debris.

2. Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled in with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. And when water pools in these low areas in the summer, it can also be breeding ground for mosquitos.

3. Inspect your roof. Now is the time to inspect and repair shingles, flashing around vents, skylights and chimneys to prevent water damage inside your home.

4. Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

5. Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill in cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. Power wash and then seal the concrete.

6. Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system.  Clear away vegetation  as the air compressor needs good airflow to work efficiently.

7. Check caulking around all doors and windows. Improper caulking allows for moisture to get inside your walls and cause mold. This is also a perfect time to wash all windows and replace damaged screens.

8. Pressure wash your deck  and re-stain if needed.

9. Repair any cracked or peeling paint on your home, which makes your home look nice and provides a barrier from the elements.

10. Prepare your lawn mower for summer. Change the engine oil and sharpen the cutting blade.

INDOOR MAINTENANCE

11. Replace your furnace filter. A dirty filter lowers the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system.

12. Check and replace fire extinguishers. Check the gauges to make sure they are charged and ready for use.

13. Test smoke and fire alarms, replacing batteries and cleaning dust from the covers.

14. Clean ceiling fans. In addition to providing a calming breeze, ceiling fans increase the airflow throughout your home.

15. Deep clean your carpets.

16. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer. Vacuum the coils for maximum efficiency.

17. Inspect the washing machine fill hose. Look for cracks that could become leaks. A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time.

By taking time now to prepare your home for spring, you’ll save money on your utility bills, avoid big repair bills later on, and have plenty of time to enjoy the nice (and hopefully drier!) days ahead.