Spring is one of my favorite seasons as it is a good time to fix roof damage in autumn and winter and to clean the often neglected gutters and downspouts.
You can make sure the air conditioner works when the temperature soars and take steps to prevent your clothes dryer from catching fire.
And you can turn an empty garden into colorful flower bed landscapes where your home looks and feels more like a home from home.
It is possible to do these and other things to improve your home and life. But first you have to have a plan. And read on for that!
Clean the roof and check for damage
Regular Roof care is the most important maintenance task you can do around the house as the roof protects you and everything in your house. You should keep your roof clean, clear and in good condition as small problems can lead to much bigger ones in the future.
Spring is the best time to take care of the roof because your roof has survived the autumn and winter. It has seen its share of leaves, limbs and snowfall and is finally getting a break.
Lingering deposits can lead to damage. Here are some tasks that you should do as soon as possible.
First, clean the leaves, limbs, and other debris from the roof. Then concentrate on all chimneys, dormers and valleys.
Next, check the blinking for damage and usage Seal masonry to close gaps where the veneer is attached to bricks or masonry. Meanwhile, look for loose or damaged roof shingles and repair them as needed.
If the roof is immaculate, look for holes from which water can escape and cause mold, mildew, and putrefaction.
After all of this, you can be sure that the roof over your head is doing the best job it can.
Clean all gutters and downspouts. If necessary, make repairs
After working on the roof, check the gutters, which are likely to have accumulated a lot of leaves and debris in the cooler seasons. Nothing good comes from clogged, crowded gutters – but they can lead to rotten blinds, water damage, pests, and possibly even damage to the foundations of your home.
That is why regular gutter maintenance is important, and spring is a great opportunity to do so since there is no frost or snow. (It also just feels good to be outside.)
First put on some gloves. Then take a garden trowel and scoop the leaves and debris out of the gutters. Then move the leaves and debris into a plastic bag for safe storage. (This way you can add them to your compost heap. Don’t waste, you don’t want to!)
Finally, wash the inside of the gutters with a garden hose and check the downspouts to make sure the water flows freely. And if you want to avoid cleaning your gutters every few months, here is a bonus tip: Buy gutter protection! You simply insert them into your gutters to prevent leaves and dirt from accumulating all year round.
Prepare flower beds
Spring is a great time to return to the garden. If you notice bare patches on the lawn that you want to replace with flower beds, there is no better time than now to prepare!
The first step to creating a new flower bed is to kill the weeds and grass in the area. All you need is a newspaper, a simple sprayer with water and mulch.
First lay out your new flower beds. Take a can of spray paint and mark the edges of your planned flower beds. Next, place several newspaper sections in the designated areas. Wet them with the sprayer. If you want to ensure proper application, Vigoro Landscape Fabric can support healthy growth and block invasive weeds.
Finally, add some mulch to cover the newspapers (if necessary, you can use pinestraw or leaves that come directly from your garden for free, or wood shavings or pine bark bought in the store from Home Depot Garden Center).
And that’s all it takes. In a few months you can rake everything away to expose rich, ready-to-plant topsoil.
The “Newspaper Method” is perfect for preparing your garden for vivid flowers that can increase the appeal of the curb or enhance your garden paradise.
Have the heating and cooling system checked
The temperatures start to warm up in spring. Now is the perfect time to call a professional to service your heating and cooling system.
Many homeowners ignore the air conditioning and oven until they suddenly stop working. And it’s never fun to live in an uncomfortable house and wait on a list to get help during the peak load.
For this reason, it is important to get used to the regular maintenance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The best thing to do is to do everything you can to make your system run efficiently and have a specialist do the rest.
First, remove any leaves and debris that could block the airflow from the A / C condenser assembly.
Then call an HVAC technician to check your heat pump. He checks the straps and replaces them if necessary. oil moving parts; and check the wiring.
If you have air conditioning, the technician will clean or replace the air filters as needed. Vacuum the device and lubricate the engine. and check the refrigerant pressure.
Finally, reverse the direction of the ceiling fans counterclockwise. This will blow off the air, which is what is wanted in spring and summer to cool you down, so you are less dependent on air conditioning.
Clean any fluff from the tumble dryer exhaust pipe
Lint accumulation in your tumble dryer or its vent pipe is one of the chores that are often forgotten but could not be more important.
This is because the accumulation of lint at least reduces the efficiency of your dryer and, in the worst case, can pose a fire hazard.
If your dryer blocks the vent pipe due to a lot of fluff, this can reduce the air flow, which makes the dryer work harder and give off more heat than it should – and cause so many fires.
Don’t let your dryer fluff get out of control. First, clean the dryer lint filter every time you use it. Just make sure that this is a regular part of the clothes drying process.
Also, regularly clean the vent pipe – there are even brushes for this job. Buy one from The Home Depot and keep it in your laundry room for easy access. You will need it!
Only these simple steps can give you great security and prevent costly damage.
This way you can worry less and concentrate on the most important things: spending time with family and friends in your well-kept home!
You can find more tips in the Four seasons of home ownership spring checklist and download the interactive graphic!