What home maintenance?

Spring Home maintenance checklist Inspect roofs for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks, replace the air conditioner filter, clean mosquito nets on windows and doors, polish wooden furniture and dust lighting fixtures, repeat the finish of the platform, wash Press windows and siding, remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. If your property has trees, have it inspected by a certified arborist, who can check for signs of disease or dead branches and detect problems before they worsen and kill a tree.

What home maintenance?

Spring Home maintenance checklist Inspect roofs for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks, replace the air conditioner filter, clean mosquito nets on windows and doors, polish wooden furniture and dust lighting fixtures, repeat the finish of the platform, wash Press windows and siding, remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. If your property has trees, have it inspected by a certified arborist, who can check for signs of disease or dead branches and detect problems before they worsen and kill a tree. The untrained eye could miss signs of damage, and a dead or dying tree poses a safety hazard to you, your home and neighboring properties. Even if you don't use the fireplace regularly, the chimney still needs a regular check.

A chimney transports hazardous gases from the chimney, wood stove, or oven out of the house, helping to keep indoor air breathable. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, your chimney should be inspected annually and cleaned periodically depending on how often you use it. Once the leaves fall, call your gutter company to have them cleaned and inspected. Any repairs that need to be done to gutters or downspouts must be done before winter arrives.

Your workers should also inspect the roof for loose or broken shingles. Schedule work before heavy snow, which could leave leaves and debris frozen in gutters, faucets and hoses. Before the first freeze, drain and turn off the outdoor faucets so they don't freeze. Roll up the hoses and store them for the winter.

Have your oven and ducts repaired. A clean system will be more energy efficient and an inspection will alert you to problems. Check and replace air filters, as needed. Check the thermostat to make sure it works properly.

Make sure that the heating vents are open and that nothing is blocking them. If you didn't clean or inspect your chimney in spring, call a chimney sweep now and do it before you start using the fireplace or oven. Clothes dryers cause 2,900 fires a year, and many fires occur in the fall and winter, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Lint is a major culprit, so have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned annually by an HVAC specialist who specializes in dryer ducts or vents. Homes require internal and external maintenance with regular cleanings and inspections to ensure everything is safe and functional. Seasonal maintenance is adapted to climatic and usage needs, such as raking leaves and closing the pool. Appliances and utilities must be inspected and repaired throughout the life of your home.

Spring is a great month for home maintenance. They don't call it “spring cleaning” for nothing. Focus especially on the outside of your home, as you have just passed the winter and are preparing for the summer heat and, in some parts of the country, brutal humidity. You should change the rotation of ceiling fans twice a year to increase energy efficiency and reduce pressure on heating and cooling systems.

Running a ceiling fan properly in winter can help you save up to 10% on your heating bill. When you change the direction of the fan, you change the way the air moves, heating or cooling a room more effectively. If your home has a basement sump pump, you should test it twice a year. Sump pumps typically last about 10 years and, with proper maintenance, could operate even longer.

When the weather gets worse, take the time to thoroughly inspect the exterior foundations of your home. Cracks in the foundation of your home can reduce its value by up to 15%, and solving these problems as you see them will ensure less expensive repairs in the future. Large cracks in foundations must be inspected and corrected by a structural engineer. .

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