Cleaning for Spring: Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare You for the Warmer Weather

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Winter is almost over and spring is about to begin. Once again, it is time to make preparations for the warmer weather. If you skip such important tasks, you will most possibly regret them later on.

 

Spring-Clean Your Gutters

 

Cleaning your gutters take about 15 minutes, but it will save you from a lot of headaches. The wind and the snow from winter may have brought dirt and all sorts of debris into your gutters. It is best to clean them out before it starts raining. 

 

Grab a ladder, wear a pair of gloves, and take out any gunk that has accumulated in your gutters. Point a garden hose into the downspout to flush out the stuff that may have made its way into the gooseneck bends.

 

This is also the right time to install metal gutter protection. This will reduce the number of chores that you have to do in preparation for the next season because it will prevent leaves, twigs, or birds’ nest from getting into and clogging your gutters. You will also avoid getting mold and mildew growth. 

 

Replace Filters

 

While the weather is warming outside, many will keep their windows closed and continue spending time inside to escape from allergens. However, make sure that common allergens such as dust and mold are also not present inside your home. 

 

You can prevent sneezing and coughing by simply replacing air vent filters inside your home. Make it a habit to change your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) filters once every 30 days. It also might be time to clean your air ducts so that air that goes through them remains clear from any allergens. 

 

Get Your Chimney Checked

 

You have used and maximized your fireplace during winter. Before you leave it unused for spring and summer, have it thoroughly inspected and cleaned. This will eliminate the unpleasant smells that are coming out of your fireplace and chimney, which will only get worse once the weather grows warmer. It will also decrease the risk of corrosion caused by creosote, the substance that gets left behind as a result of burning coal or wood. 

 

Moreover, people usually book maintenance services during autumn when they need the fireplace running again to warm their homes. Around spring, maintenance services are usually not fully booked and will be able to accommodate you any time you need them. 

 

Inspect the Concrete

 

Concrete is a tough and durable material, but it is also subjected to harsh conditions during the winter season. Your concrete walkway or driveway has been beaten and battered by the ice, snow, and below-freezing temperatures.

 

Walk around and look for new cracks that may have formed during the colder months. Hairpin cracks can easily be sealed to prevent water from going underneath the slabs which will cause further damages. Cracks that can fit the head of a ballpoint need to be repaired as soon as possible before they grow bigger. It will also be smart to clean your walkway and driveway to remove any chemicals left behind during winter. 

 

Clean Outdoor Furniture

 

Now that the weather is warm, you can spend more time outside. Clean your outdoor furniture, including your grill, so by the time the sun starts shining again, you will be ready to party. 

 

Spring is often associated with cleaning. If you plan to do some spring cleaning this year, do it thoroughly so you will not encounter any problems in the future. 

 

 

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