Spring is just around the corner with warmer weather, seasonal showers and often strong winds. Here is a list of spring maintenance ideas to restore your home after a harsh winter and to help you be ready for whatever the weather throws your way.
Check your air conditioner and have it tuned-up to be ready for warmer weather
Before turning on your air conditioner for the first time, physically look into the outside condenser and make sure that no debris has fallen in, or animals have built a home inside. If it is all clear, start up your A/C and make sure that it survived the winter. It will be a miserable hot day to learn that your A/C has failed when you need it.
Air conditioners need regular maintenance to perform at their best. When air conditioners are not maintained, the life of your air conditioner can be greatly reduced. Just like a car, your air conditioner will need a tune-up to perform at its peak and avoid expensive repairs. The daytime temperature outside needs to be at least 65 degrees to have your A/C properly tuned up. But when the hot days return you’ll be happy to know that your A/C is working.
Check your sprinkler system for leaks or broken sprinkler heads
Once the grass starts to grow you’ll want to have your sprinkler system ready. You’ll want to look for non-working or broken sprinkler heads. If water continues to drain out of a sprinkler head even after the water has been turned off, it could be a sign of a faulty valve. If water doesn’t reach all zones, in your sprinkler system, you may have a leaking pipe to repair.
Turn on your outdoor faucets to check for leaks
The cold freezing weather may have resulted in a burst pipe if water was left inside and expanded. This is especially likely if you do not have a freeze-proof outdoor hose bib or a hose was left attached to your outdoor faucet all winter.
Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage
This is a simple task that is easily overlooked, but can save you from serious water and fire damage. The weight of heavy snow on your roof takes a toll. Likewise, melted snow that sits on your roof, blocked by areas of still frozen snow can lead to roof damage. If you find that you had water damage from ice dams, consider having heat cables installed for the next winter season.
Look under eaves and decks for the start of wasp/hornet nests
Insects seem to disappear for much of the winter months, but once the warmer weathers arrive, signs of the creepy crawlies begin. If you can dissuade wasps from building nests in their early stages, you’ll have an easier time of managing them as the weather warms. You’ll want to check under your eaves and decking regularly as wasps are persistent.
Also, consider having an exterminator spray your home with a bug barrier to prevent spiders and other insects from entering your home as the weather warms.
Touch up peeling or damaged paint
Make sure the temperature is above 50 degrees and won’t dip below 32 degrees during the following few days of your outdoor painting project, or the paint won’t cure properly.
Wash all windows, inside and out
Debris can build up in the window sills and tracks. Overtime this debris can make it hard to open your windows and even damage the window sliding tracks.
Repair or replace damaged screens on windows and doors
Damaged screens allow insects to get inside the house. Screen repair can be as simple as adding a strip of screen repair tape. It works just like tape but looks like screen. For a more professional look, screen repair kits can be purchased at your local hardware store.
Clean outdoor furniture
The outdoors will be looking more inviting as the weather warms, as will your outdoor furniture, if not covered in debris.
Service your lawn mower
Just like a car, your lawnmower needs to be tuned-up and cared for each season to ensure it will continue to work. Dirty or old oil should be drained and replaced. Check the air filter and consider a replacement if it is dirty. Lastly, having your mower blade sharpened will help give your grass an even cut.
Fertilize your lawn
Consider adding a fertilizer and a crabgrass and grassy weed pesticide to your yard. Doing this now will help your yard to be lush and green while preventing weeds from taking hold.
Clean gutters and downspouts
You will want to rid of your rain gutters of leaves and debris from winter so they can do their job to divert rainwater away from your house. That said, downspouts can be an impossible task to clean on your own if they become clogged. A powerful hydro-jet may be required if you have clogged downspouts that go into the ground. Our plumbers have the tools to remedy even the toughest clogs in your roof drainage system.
Perform seasonal maintenance on whole house humidifiers
Check your owner’s manual for exact maintenance procedure.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
When we set our clocks forward it is a great reminder to change the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Check your sump pump
It rains a lot in spring. Therefore a little preemptive measure is prudent to avoid basement flooding. If your basement has a sump pump, test it by dumping a large bucket of water into the basin. This should activate the sump pump. If it does not switch on or if it’s not pumping water, it may need to be serviced by a professional. Also, check for and remove any debris and make sure there are no leaks. Give our expert plumbers a call if your sump pump is needing repair.
Wash and change seasonal bedding
Time to get out the lighter bedding and put away the electric blankets and down comforters–unless you prefer feeling extra warm and toasty year round.
Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house
Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics
With all of the in-home spring cleaning it is a great time to check dates of foods that have been sitting in storage for far too long. Avoid food illnesses by tossing food with expired dates. Also checking the expiration dates on your medicine is a good idea so you’ll know what needs to be replenished before the next sick bug attacks.
Inspect attic fan to make sure there are no animal nests and it works properly
Your attic fan helps to move the hot air from your attic to the outside. Making sure your attic fan is in good working order will help to save on energy costs and keep your home cooler in hot weather. If you suspect that your attic fan has a problem, or need an attic fan installed, our expert electricians can get the job done.
Test whole home generator for proper function
Spring weather in Utah is known to bring thunderstorms and strong winds. All of which can contribute to power outages. If you have a home generator, remember to check that it is working- before you need it–now is a good time to check. If you are interested in having a whole home generator installed, give our expert electricians a call.
Test panel circuit breakers
Ensure that your panel circuit breakers are working properly. An electrical power surge could damage expensive electronics. Consider having an electrical inspection performed by a professional electrician. An annual electrical inspection is part of our Diamond Service Plan.
If you don’t already have a whole home surge protector now is a great time to have one installed before the thunderstorm season begins.
A whole home surge protector like the SyCom T1 will help to prevent energy spikes that would otherwise send too much current through your electrical system which could cause an electrical fire or damage whatever is connected to it.
Consider becoming a Diamond Partner Plan member to ensure that your home is ready for every season. With an A/C tune-up, furnace tune-up, water heater flush (extra cost for tankless water heaters), and electrical inspection included in the plan and more, you can cut down on your home maintenance worries. At only $249 a year, this really is a great deal (Act fast, as this price is subject to change).