Spring Maintenance Tips

Spring Home Maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance

Spring Maintenance TipsIt's finally spring!  Cherry blossoms are blooming, and we are enjoying longer, warmer, sunnier days.  Spring time is also seasonal maintenance time.  Here's a list of Spring Home Maintenance chores which will keep your home systems operating at tip top shape.

Check your outdoor Air Conditioning units

Remove all debris from the top and exterior parts of your outdoor air conditioning units. Often during the winter, foliage and other debris accumulates here.

Deal With Your Ducts

How do most people seal gaps or leaks in their ducts?  The most common method is putting tape or mastic over the leaks.  This method only works when you can find the leaks.  Unfortunately, a lot of duct work is hidden within your walls and insulation, and is inaccessible. Duct leaks in your HVAC system can cause uneven room temperatures, higher energy bills, and impact your indoor air quality.

A more modern material is called Aeroseal.  What is this?  It's an aerosol mist which is sprayed directly inside the duct work.  This mist finds, coats and seals all of the leaks throughout the system.  Your ducts are resealed without tearing apart walls, removing insulation or crawling through your attic with your tape and glue.  It's non-toxic and has a mild odour.  How long does this take?  The entire process takes less than a day from start to finish.

Check your Sump Pump

Your sump pump needs to be monitored on a regular basis.  It is important to clear any debris around the pump, as it could block the pump.  You need to check the battery to make sure the pump has backup during severe rain storms.  You don't want water pouring into your basement or crawl space in the middle of the night!

Inspect your Septic Tank

How often should you inspect your septic tank?  Your tank should be inspected at least annually.  If you see or smell sewage backup in your toilets or drains, have multiple slow drains, or have a toilet which is slow flushing and draining, call a professional right away.

Check your Dryer Exhaust

This is an easy thing to forget.  How often do we think of checking the dryer exhaust pipe?  This should be checked and cleaned annually.

Check your Water Heater

It is important to check your water heater for leaks.  If it is over 5 years old, have it professionally inspected.  Water heaters should be replaced every 10 to 12 years unless you have a boiler.  Commercial boilers can last 30 years or more.  If your water heater is over 10 years old, some insurance companies will add a restriction onto your homeowner’s policy until it is replaced.

This type of leak can be one of the worst types of water damage to come home to.  You not only need a restoration company to dry out the area, you may need to replace carpet or flooring and furniture.  If the water sits too long, you can have a mold and mildew problem.  What a mess!

Clean your Gutters

How do you clean your gutters?  First, put on gloves and remove as much debris as you can with your hands.  Turn on your garden hose, and flush out any remaining gunk.  Then remove the hose nozzle, and have a helper turn on the water.  Put the hose right into the downspout.  Make sure the water is flowing at least 5 feet away from your home's foundation and walls.

Replace Filters

Now is the time to replace all of your filter including water, range hood and air vent filters.  How often should you do this?  Filters should be replaced every 3 months.

Clean your Faucets and Showerheads

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Cleaning your faucets and showerheads is likely not the first you think of when spring cleaning.  How do you do this?  Unscrew faucet aerators, sink sprayers and showerheads.  Then soak them in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water for an hour.  Finish by rinsing them with warm water.

We hope that these simple Spring Home Maintenance tips are helpful to you.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

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