The snow starts to melt, and the weather begins to warm, meaning spring is upon us with summer close behind. It’s time to put away the heavy coats, scarves, and umbrellas, but what about your home? De-winterizing your home and preparing it for spring can help you prevent any potential damage and ensure the house is ready for the warmer months ahead.
From the standard spring cleaning checklist to the nitty gritty appliance clean outs, we cover the steps to prepare your home for spring.
No matter where you live, your region likely has its version of winter weather. Whether it was snow or heavy rain, your roof was exposed to harsh winter weather, and you should look for any signs of damage or leaks. Doing a thorough attic inspection twice a year when the seasons change can help you spot any potential problem areas before they become a major issue.
Clear out any debris that may have accumulated in your gutters and downspouts during winter. Clogged gutters can cause damage to your home when water doesn’t flow away from the foundation. Once you’ve removed leaves, twigs, and other debris, use a hose to flush out the drains to expose any leaks that need repair.
While the cold causes frames to shrink, warm temperatures lead a window or door frame to expand. This can cause cracks or gaps to form, which can let in drafts, moisture, and pests. Do a thorough inspection for any cracks or gaps and seal them with caulk or weatherstripping to keep your home energy-efficient.
Replace your air filters, and have your HVAC system inspected and serviced by a professional to ensure it works efficiently and effectively. This will help prolong the system's life, reduce energy consumption and costs, improve indoor air quality, and prevent potential breakdowns or safety hazards.
Checking your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is fast and simple. Press the test button on your alarm; after a second or two, it will make a loud siren or alert. You should test these detectors monthly and replace the batteries every six months.
Sure, you know to clean out the lint trap filter in your dryer after every load, but did you know you should also clean out the whole dryer vent? Not only does this avoid a fire hazard, but it’ll also improve your dryer’s efficiency and indoor air quality.
If you are comfortable working with tools and have some basic knowledge of your dryer and its vent system, you can clean your dryer vent yourself. However, taking the necessary safety precautions and following the proper procedures is essential. Here are the basic steps involved in cleaning your dryer vent:
If you are not comfortable cleaning your dryer vent, or if you have a particularly long or complicated vent system, it may be best to hire a professional to do the job.
Even if you regularly clean your home, there are just some tasks that get overlooked, and one of them is cleaning your oven. Cleaning an oven is an important part of maintaining it, and there are several ways to clean it, depending on the level of dirt or grease buildup.
Once you have finished cleaning the oven, wipe it down with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any residue. Allow the oven to dry completely before using it again.
Snow and rain can wreak havoc on your windows, and the blooming flowers are much less beautiful if you look at them through dirty windows. Once your forecast shows sunny skies, spend a weekend cleaning the interior and exterior of your windows.
We’re all familiar with “spring cleaning.” Before you can start cleaning, you’ll need to declutter and organize your spaces. When there’s a lot of “stuff” lying around, your house inherently looks messy, no matter how clean it may be. Who can tell you recently mopped when the floor is covered in kid’s toys? Knowing how to declutter your home can may the task more manageable, and you’ll be done before you know it!
Once your yard has dried out, pick up any leaves or debris. Prune any dead, diseased, or out-of-control branches from trees and shrubs. Remove any weeds or crabgrass by pulling the entire root system by hand or with a shovel or weeding tool. Try a natural herbicide if your yard is overrun by weeds or sprouting between concrete areas.
Use a pressure washer with detergent to remove caked-on dirt and grime from the exterior. Clean with slow movements of the wand. Let the washer’s cleaning solution work into the area for a few minutes before you rinse with a water-only stream from the washer or water from a garden hose. Always start with a lower pressure when unsure of the effects it may have on the surface.
Tip: Pressure wash your house before you clean your windows, or the overspray may make a mess of your hard work!
In the spring, seeding your lawn is a good practice to make the turf denser and more robust. Apply seeds by hand or with a spreader. Moisten the soil lightly with water from a garden hose before and after applying grass seed.
One of the best things about spring is the ability to enjoy the outdoors. Preparing your patio ensures you can enjoy your outdoor living to the fullest.
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