10 Home Maintenance Tips For Spring
The cold, gloomy winter months are coming to a slow end, and with it the warmer air is starting to bloom into action! Let’s start off this wonderful season with a clean and healthy home, indoors and out. No this is not another how to clean, but steps for preparative and preventative measures for the seasonal changes!
1. It All Begins with HVAC
First off you should have your Air Conditioning system checked by a qualified HVAC technician in the spring as the temperature begins to warm up. They should be able to check that your outside unit is working properly and will be giving you nice cold air when the sun starts to beat down. One thing you can do while you wait is check your furnace and air-conditioning filters. Make sure they are changed once every couple of months!
2. Check Outside Faucets for Freeze Damage
To check your faucets for any damage from winter, turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. If that is the case, please call our office’s as soon as possible. You can also check if your garden hose has any dry rot as well.
3. Check for Wood Rot
Please do not shove the screwdriver into the wood rot like the picture above, but probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
4. Check Your Windows
Open and close all windows. See if they all open easily, yet close tightly. If not, check the weather stripping. There are a number of different types to consider when choosing a weather stripping, getting one is what is important! Next, inspect and, if necessary, caulk around your home’s windows and doors annually. That will help keep out heat and humidity in the summer and cold drafts in the winter—and save money on your utility bills all year round.
5. Fill Low Areas in the Yard
Those low areas in your yard that have been attracting autumn’s leaves and winter’s snow need to be filled this spring before the rain water becomes its next tenant. The water can become a pool for insects with the warmer weather, and with the danger of mosquitos containing the Zika virus, it would be well advised not to have a lot of water around your home. Fill those dips in the ground with compact soil this spring before any of that happens.
6. Check Your Gutters
Your gutters may have become loose during the snowy season with all of the debris and strong winds. The damage may have produced new holes that will become leaks as well. This water will affect your home if it sits so close, damaging either your basement or crawl space. That is why the gutters are even there! Water needs to have a proper run off away from the home.
7. Test Your Smoke Detectors
It is time to test your smoke detectors throughout your home! Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors twice a year: when the time changes to daylight savings time and then back to standard time. While you’re at it, dust or vacuum the detectors to keep them working at peak performance.
8. Inspect Your Chimney
Your chimney will be used less and less this time of year. When it is finally retired for the year, it is time to inspect multiple Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep as well just to be sure.
9. Make Sure Lawn Equipment is Working
Your lawn and the rest of the landscape is finally coming back to life and with it comes so much! Keep that grass and weeds down and make sure your lawn equipment is up to snuff to take on the sunny seasons up ahead. Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean your equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yard work easier!
10. General Cleaning of Exterior
Spring is right around the corner, and the last two seasons may still be left all over the outside of your home. Power wash, clean up your flower beds, dead head bushes and plants and just do a general cleaning of the outside of your home. Your home and yourself will be thankful when spring comes along and brings new debris and new beauties!
We hope this guide will help prepare yourself for temperatures above 60 degrees and weather that is a lot less belligerent. If not, at least it is warmer and going outside is no longer a chore! Please enjoy the seasonal changes and experience Kansas City when it is in full bloom!