With the winter seasons behind us, it’s time to gear up for Spring allergies, rain storms, birds chirping and new flowers blooming. What does all this mean for home owners?
The milder days of spring are an excellent time to do thorough spring cleanings. After the winter, it is a good idea to spend time on preventative measures to help maintain your home properly throughout the year. Cleaning and maintenance of your house should be done inside and out.
Maintenance Inside Your Home:
- Electrical Outlets and Cords: In order to check electrical outlets make sure you go through your home and look for any potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Outlets fuse boxes and extension cords also should be checked to make sure they are not overloaded.
- Fire Extinguishers: Fire extinguishers should be checked at least once a year, including the hose and nozzle. You have to make sure they are in good condition and that the pressure gauge is in the “green” range. Additionally, make sure your fire extinguisher is in an accessible place.
- Air Conditioning: Before turning your air conditioning units on for the season, make sure they have been inspected and tuned up by a professional.
- Water Heater: Check your heaters for leaks and corrosions.
- Furnace: Clean or replace your furnace filter.
- Dryers: Dryer lint can build up inside the vent pipe and collect around the duct. Clean both the clothes dryer exhaust duct and the space under the dryer. Use a specialized brush to clean out the vent pipe. Lint can also build up inside the dryer enclosure and should be cleaned and serviced by a professional.
- Smoke Detectors: Daylight savings time is the perfect time to chance the batteries in your smoke detectors. Inspect each smoke detector to ensure all are in working order, and make sure to test them monthly. Ideally, there should be at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, including the hallway or area outside of each set of bedrooms, and one within each bedroom itself. If necessary, install additional smoke detectors as needed.
- Light Bulbs: Check each light bulb in every fixture for the correct recommended wattage and replace any burned out bulbs. Also, consider replacing all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs to reduce energy and the amount of heat produced.
Maintenance Outside Your House:
- Roof: Check for any damage from snow or ice, including damage from ice dams, and make any necessary repairs to reduce the possibility of leaks.
- Gutters: Clean leaves and other debris from the gutters and down spouts to keep water flowing and reduce the possibility of water damage.
- Trees: Visually inspect trees for damage or rot, and remove any dead trees that might blow over in heavy winds or during a storm. Keep healthy bushes and trees trimmed and away from utility wires.
- Lawn Equipment: Make sure lawn mowers, tractors and other equipment are tuned up before using. Store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
- Walkways and Driveways: Repair any cracks and broken or uneven surfaces to provide a safe, level walking area.
Going through the simple process of maintaining your household can save you from a large headache down the road. With any more house maintenance questions you can always reach out to your friends at ARS: 877-461-1111. We are more than happy to assist you with anything you might need.