Spring is in bloom! As the weather thaws, days lengthen and plants begin to sprout, we’d like to remind you of the routine maintenance that should be performed on your home this season. This maintenance will help lower energy bills and save you time, effort, and investment of future home repair.
To keep the home functioning at its best, follow these 12 spring home maintenance tips.
- Continue ongoing monthly maintenance.
- Shut down and clean you furnace’s humidifier and close the damper on the side of the unit.
- Test air conditioning unit and ensure A/C is working before temperatures reach high levels.
- Check dehumidifier settings and clean if necessary.
- Check every smoke/carbon monoxide detector for functionality. Replace batteries with the time change.
- Turn hose bibs back on and make sure there are no frost-caused leaks before leaving the basement.
- Before the spring thaw, remove sump lid and clean the crock with a wet/dry vac. Fill the crock with water to test functionality after it is cleaned. If the lid is a sealed unit (radon), fully secure the lid once you’re done.
- Make sure eavestroughs and downspouts are secure and clear of any obstructions. Check that downspout extensions are in place and intact so they will properly drain water away from the foundation.
- Fill in any low areas in grade that were caused from freeze/thaw cycle and earth settlement.
- Inspect roof materials and roof flashings for any damage.
- Inspect weather-stripping around all doors. All doors will react differently with different seasons, so some minor adjustments to door catches may be needed to create a tighter seal between your door and weather-stripping.
- For proper operation of your irrigation system, hire a licensed contractor to start the system.
Do you have any spring maintenance tips to add to our list? Leave them in the comments!