April 21, 2021 by admin
If given the choice, it’s likely that your first thought of how to spend a Saturday afternoon isn’t checking your gutters, having your dryer vent cleaned, or inspecting your roof for signs of ice dams in the winter.
However, your home is the biggest investment you’ll likely ever make. With a few preventative measures each season, you can avoid disasters that can cause all kinds of unwanted (and expensive!) damage throughout your home.
The good news? While there is lots to be done, with careful planning, you can do a little bit over time so that you don’t lose entire weekends to home maintenance. After all, home maintenance is important but not more important than spending time creating new memories with your loved ones.
Spring is the perfect time to assess and repair any damage your home incurred during a long, icy winter. As you say goodbye to your snowblower, spring is the perfect time to get your lawn mower tuned up.
The New York Times also recommends checking your foundation, driveway, roof shingles, and chimney for signs of wear or damage and also cleaning out your gutters to prevent roof leaks and other water damage. This is also a good opportunity to freshen up the paint on shutters, trim, or siding and to clean your home’s exterior. Avoid the instinct to use a power washer, and opt for a siding cleaning kit hooked up to your hose instead.
Spring is also the best time to get your patio or deck ready for use. It should be swept clean and inspected for signs of cracked wood or loose nails. Then it can be cleaned thoroughly with a garden hose, pump sprayer, and broom. Once clean, you can treat your deck to prevent algae growth and wood rot, then stain and seal it.
Inside your home, the following areas need attention:
- Maintain your HVAC system
- Have your plumbing inspected and check for leaks
- Ensure your sump pump is in proper working order
- Hire someone to inspect and clean your chimney
Spring is also the ideal time to make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The batteries should be changed once per year. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends changing the batteries out on Mother’s Day so that you don’t forget.
One thing you should do in the spring if you have a window air conditioner unit is to clean it after it’s been stored for the winter. Dust and bugs can accumulate inside, so vacuum every surface, pull open the cover, and vacuum and clean the foam filter.
Summer is the ideal time to enjoy your home instead of working hard each weekend, but there are still a few things to be done to keep your home looking great.
A lot of summer home maintenance revolves around the yard: weeding, watering and mowing. If you have a sprinkler system, you should have it inspected, and if your backyard has a pool, chances are you spend a fair amount of time cleaning your pool and keeping algae growth at bay.
Additionally, you should keep up with cleaning your HVAC air filters, even during the summer!
Fall is not only a great time to plant perennials and shrubs, but it’s also the best time to get your whole home inside and out ready for winter. This should include tasks like:
- Raking leaves
- Cleaning out gutters
- Shutting down your sprinkler system for the winter
- Closing your pool
- Getting your air conditioner and furnace serviced
Also, fall is the perfect opportunity to have your dryer vents cleaned out, as around 13,820 fires in the U.S. are caused by clothes dryers and dryer vents each year.
Winter Cleaning and Protection
When temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time to take care of tasks and spaces that can get neglected during warmer weather — and it’s also an important time to make sure that ice and snow don’t cause all kinds of moisture damage to your home exterior.
The Spruce recommends using your time inside in the winter to clear out and deep clean spaces like basements, closets, and the garage or attic. Plus, to keep your home shielded from the effects of winter weather, you should do the following:
- Check for ice dams on your roof and eliminate them when necessary.
- Inspect outdoor faucets to be sure they have not frozen.
- Ensure that melting snow and ice aren’t creating pools of water on your lawn.
- Keep an eye on power lines if you have above-ground electrical service.
Use this time to prepare for winter storms. This means checking the following things off your to-do list:
- Get your snowblower tuned up.
- Stock up on pet-friendly ice melt.
- Prevent frozen pipes when temperatures get extremely cold.
- Prepare a portable generator and stock up on bottled water and non-perishables for winter storms.
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