Is your home ready for Spring? Spring is upon us. Time to look forward to warmer weather and flowers blooming, as well as spring home maintenance. It’s the season to reorganize, declutter, and prepare our homes for a fresh start. To help you get a head start, we’ve put together a list for you of some important tasks you won’t want to overlook.
This time of year, people tend to be on top of gardening, cleaning off the patio furniture and getting the BBQ ready, but proactive home maintenance is also really important. These five tasks can make an enormous difference to your bottom line as problems left unfixed typically get progressively worse and more expensive to fix in the long run.
1. Clean Gutters and Roof & Check Foundation
Remove all debris from the roof and in the gutters that has collected over the winter. Hose out the gutters, paying careful attention to make sure there are no clogs in the downspout and that the water drains far away from the building’s foundation. Do a walk around inspecting the foundation to make sure it’s clear of cracks and damage, and that vents are clear of obstruction.
2. Ensure Windows and Doors Don’t Have Cracks or Gaps
When cleaning your windows and doors, pay extra attention to the frames and sills so you can see if they need sealing, caulking, replacing, adjusting, etc. Not only do drafts cause an increase on your energy bill and environmental footprint, but the space allowing for drafts also means moisture is getting in which impacts your walls and floors, and allows in unwanted critters.
See our last blog post about energy-efficient doors at fraservalleydoordoctor.com/post/energy-efficient-doors-doorways
3. Clean or Replace Venting
Those dreaded spring allergies are made worse when the air and hood range filters and in your home are gunked up. Furnace and dryer vent filters left unchanged pose a serious fire risk. Filters usually need replacing about every 3-6 months. Clean all venting around the home such as in the bathroom, and at the back of most appliances and electronics. These locations accumulate significant dust over time.
4. Test Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Test to make sure they’re working and replace the batteries if needed.
5. Inspect AC, Furnace, Outdoor Faucets, and Lights.
Hire a professional to service all heating or cooling units like furnaces and air conditioners. Test to make sure outdoor faucets aren’t leaking, and that all outdoor lighting is working.
If you or someone you know needs help with fixing or replacing a door, give Fraser Valley Door Doctor a call. Salvador can be reached by phone or text at (778) 552-9643, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading, and Happy Spring!