Home Maintenance: Spring Edition

    Home Maintenance: Spring Edition

    May 03, 2021

    Not sure where to start or what to do? Don’t worry, here’s your ultimate spring preventative maintenance checklist...

    • Test your smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, and all GFCI outlets.
    • Replace batteries in alarms and household gadgets.
    • Inspect and clean out all drains, especially tub and shower drains. If the water drains slowly when you run the water, you likely have a clog and will want to remove it.
    • Inspect your washing machine water hoses for cracks and give it a thorough cleaning.
    • Clean your faucet aerators and showerheads to remove mineral deposits. Soaking in equal parts water and vinegar solution for about 30 minutes should do the trick.
    • Vacuum your heat registers and heat vents.
    • Flush out your hot water heater. This will remove sediment to help it work more efficiently and prolong the life of your water heater.
    • Inspect and clean out your dryer vent and make sure that your outdoor air vents aren’t blocked.
    • Check your water softener and top up salt if necessary.
    • Clean your garbage disposal.
    • Refinish your deck if the finish is showing signs of wear and tear.
    • Power wash your windows, siding, patio, and driveway.
    • Change your air conditioner filter.
    • Fertilize your lawn.
    • Tune up your lawnmower and other yard maintenance equipment.
    • Clean ceiling fans.
    • Check your basement and attic for moisture, leaks, or infestations.
    • Trim trees and shrubs.
    • Check caulking and silicone seals in bathrooms, kitchen, and around windows and doors.
    • If you have a septic tank, have it inspected and pumped.
    • Get your air conditioning system serviced. (Or learn how to do a DIY HVAC inspection.)
    • Remove winter insulation on outdoor faucets.
    • Inspect your chimney for damage or decay. For wood-burning fireplaces, we recommend getting the chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep.
    • Clean blinds, window screens and door screens.
    • Clean your furnace filter. You want to remove dust build-up to make it easier for the furnace to function properly in regulating your home’s temperature. This will also help keep energy bills down, too.
    • Inspect your gutters for clogs and your roof for leaks as well as loose, damaged, or missing shingles.
    • Lastly, it’s important to review your home warranty to make sure your particular home systems and appliances are adequately covered, especially your HVAC for heavy summer air conditioning usage.