Those winter days are over, and spring has arrived. It’s the perfect time of year to give your home some much needed TLC. Regular spring maintenance routines play an important role in keeping your home running smoothly year-round. Check out our list of projects that will get your home cleaned up and fixed up so you can get and out and enjoy all the spring season has to offer.
- Vacuuming will be a big part of spring cleaning. During the winter months a lot of dust, mites, and allergens will settle in your home. Dust or vacuum tops of doorways, chair rails, fans, light fixtures, books & shelves, closet corners, and tops of cabinets. The back of the refrigerator should also be cleaned and dusted to allow for proper flow and function.
- Dry-clean or launder fabric draperies and clean blinds with a damp cloth.
- Vacuum upholstered furniture and mattresses. Be sure to flip over chairs and sofas to dust the underneath using a vacuum upholstery attachment.
- Check bathrooms for accumulation of soap residue and possible signs of mold and mildew. Clean these areas thoroughly and check for other signs of damage including missing grout around tiles or worn out seals around sinks and other fixtures. These are damages that you will want to repair quickly to avoid possible water damage down the road.
- Furnace filters should be checked and replaced often as needed. Spring is a great time to check-in and make sure the filter system is clean, including the blower and motor. Dirty filters can mean less efficiency and higher energy costs. If you feel uncomfortable doing any maintenance on your own, be sure to call a professional.
- It’s also a good time to consider an A/C tune-up and inspection by an HVAC professional. This will ensure that your unit is up and running properly for the warmer weather ahead.
Vents & Fans
- Vents and fans are magnets for dust. Bathroom and laundry room exhaust fans should be removed and cleaned thoroughly. The cover can be removed, cleaned, dried, then put back on. Vacuum out any other dust that has accumulated inside. All other living areas with vents should also be vacuumed to remove debris.
- Dryer vents should also be inspected for damages and completely cleared out of any lint or dust. If repair or replacement is needed, do so immediately.
- This is a great time of year to check in with your pipes. Check under sinks and around faucets for any signs of leaks, clogs, rust, corrosion, or other possible damage.
- Check toilets for leaks, a lose tank, running water, and proper operation.
- Check all water hoses in bathrooms and in the laundry room for signs of cracks, bulges, or other damage. Any damaged lines should be replaced immediately. Consider replacing rubber hoses with steel-braided ones for added protection against possible leaks and flooding.
- Ceilings in every room should be checked for any signs of staining or sagging. This can be an indicator of possible water damage.
- Check under the dishwasher for any signs of wetness.
- Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked annually, and batteries changed twice a year. Spring is a great time to do an inspection and be sure they are in working order. If repair or replacement is needed, do so immediately.
- Review where important shut-off valves for the home are located. Knowing where to find switches for water, electricity, gas, water heater, etc. are important in case of an emergency.
Spring maintenance and routines are a great way to keep your home in working order and avoid possible damages that can occur down the road. A little bit of work can go a long way, and it will leave you with a house fresh, prepped, and ready for all the joys of spring.
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