With spring finally upon us, thoughts quickly turn to spring cleaning. While a nuisance, a regular cleaning and maintenance helps keep your home in good working order and prevents damage.
- Declutter: Go through old toys, clothes and other belongings and dispose of/donate what you no longer need. When the weather is warm, consider a yard sale to clean out unneccessary items
- Home Cleaning: Clean dusty baseboards with a fresh dryer sheet. The anti-static properties will help repel dust in the future. Soak shower heads in distilled white vinegar to remove hard water stains and clogs. Wash window screens with warm water and a mild dish soap. Dust refrigerator coils with crevice attachment of your vacuum (turn off power first). Wipe down walls and ceilings, using solvent-free cleaner on grimy spots.
- Fire Safety: Change batteries in smoke, carbon monoxide and water detectors. Ensure units are free of dust and function correctly. Check all fire extinguishers and make sure everyone knows where they are located and how to use them. Review safety and escape plans. Inspect chimney for signs of damage, and have chimney and flue cleaned professionally. Move any firewood stacked near house at least 18″ from ground and 2′ away from any structure. Thoroughly clean all dryer vents and hoses of lint and debris.
- Your Yard: Check gutters and repair or replace leaky or loose ones. Ensure any downspouts point away from the foundation. Hire a licensed HVAC technician to clean and service outdoor condenser units for your air conditioner to ensure efficient running in summer months.
- Pipes and Plumbing: Check outdoor hose faucets and spigots for signs of damage over the cold months. Turn on the water and try to block the flow by covering the opening with your hand. If you can stop the flow of water, the pipe inside is likely damaged and will need to be replaced. Check all hoses for signs of cracking or dry rot. Test to ensure your sump pump is operational by dumping several buckets of water into the sump pit. If the pump engages and clears away the water quickly, then shuts off, you’re good to go. Malfunctioning sump pumps should be serviced by a plumbing professional.
- Roof: Examine your roof for shingles that may have become cracked or disengaged during the winter months. Shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose or are missing granules should be replaced as soon as possible before the summer heat exacerbates the problem. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys should be inspected by a qualified roofing firm.
- Your Vehicle: Clean your automobile of all trash and clutter. Scrub upholstery and floor mats with automotive carpet cleaner and a heavy duty scrub brush. Rotate your tires and test the tire air pressure. Replace the cabin air filter, change washer fluid and oil, and replace wiper blades.
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