Spring has always been an excellent time to schedule a maintenance check. As the seasons change, it’s always a good idea to spend some time looking into your home’s health and prepping for spring maintenance. Part of being a homeowner is about remaining in control of your home’s HVAC, electrical, and plumbing needs during season changes. Here are 10 tips to get your home ready for spring:
1. Change The Furnace and Air Filters.
Use this time to change your air filters before spring rain starts to fall. Dirty air filters could hurt your air quality and spell big problems, especially if you’re living with a family member with allergy sensitivities or you have pets. To improve the performance of your HVAC system, consider changing your furnace as well.
2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
As winter departs, it’s time to clean your gutters and downspouts. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts will ensure they’re running free, thus averting potential damage during spring rains. Consider engaging a certified service provider for this task and have them explore other existing warning signs before the spring rains arrive.
3. Schedule Air-conditioning Service
Ensure your air-conditioning system is well taken care of before turning it on for the season. Make sure your air-conditioning system is working efficiently by scheduling tune-up servicing with a professional HVAC service provider. It’s essential to have the outdoor coil, panels, and pipe insulation inspected each season before re-starting your air-conditioning system.
4. Inspect Walkways and Driveways
Your walkways and driveways have gone through freezing and thawing over the winter. Inspect the hardscape material on your property, looking out for damage, cracks, and unevenness in walking areas before scheduling the needed repairs and replacements.
5. Inspect Outdoor Lighting, Electrical Cords and Appliances
Replacing outdoor lighting on your patio or walkways that were damaged during the winter is one thing you don’t want to procrastinate on. Replace burnt-out bulbs and ensure each light bulb is of the recommended wattage in every fixture. Have the electrical cords and outlets throughout your home inspected for potential fire hazards and check the supply lines for refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, ice makers, and water dispensers for signs of wear and tear or leaks.
6. Check Your Plumbing
Inspect your plumbing system’s components for signs of leaking or corrosion and ensure it’s working the way it should. Check both inside plumbing and outdoor water supplies for piping leaks and verify that no water is escaping when faucets are shut off. Don’t forget to check your outdoor spigots and irrigation system. You’ll want to fix your watering system right away to save both water and your plants.
7. Inspect Your Roof
The best time to inspect your roof shingles is when spring is setting in. Start by making a simple visual inspection of your roof to assess the damage caused by storms during winter. Once you notice loose, cracked, or shingles, your roof needs closer inspection and repair by a qualified roofer.
8. Paint The Exterior
Are you planning to repaint your home’s exterior? Spring is always a great time to give your home’s exterior a facelift. Painting the exterior of your home will add curb appeal to your property throughout the spring and summer.
9. Don’t Forget to Service the Lawn Mower
Check your lawn equipment and ensure it’s ready for the season with a tune-up. If you’ve not done so already, clean your lawn equipment, lubricate moving parts and sharpen cutting blades.
10. Check your Fire Extinguisher
Check the expiration date of your fire extinguisher, verify that it is in good condition and ensure it is at an accessible place.
Spring is just around the corner, and it’s almost time to schedule your spring maintenance for your home’s HVAC, electrical, and plumbing needs. CMC is the most trusted name in South Louisiana when it comes to maintenance. Get in touch with us today and schedule your spring home maintenance.