Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring Home Maintenance TipsAt long last, most of the country is looking with relief at warmer weather. Those who have been trapped inside their homes to survive the cold now get to rediscover what it means to be outside again.

Spring is also a good time for homeowners to take stock, review the damage the winter season has wrought, and do a little spring cleaning. These spring home maintenance tips can help you avoid bigger repair bills later on down the road.

1. Clean All Vents and Filters

A dirty vent or filter limits the benefits that device has on your indoor breathing air and on appliance efficiency. A plugged vent wastes money and can even cause a house fire in any season. Vents to be cleaned this spring include:

  • Dryer vents

  • Heater vents

  • Air-conditioning vents

  • Roof vents

Take a little time to go around your house and clear all the vents. While you’re at it, clear overgrown vegetation from around your air conditioner compressor to ensure good airflow.

Inspect around the vents carefully because animals like to take advantage of them to get inside your home. If anything looks strange, you may need to research a little further to be sure your attic isn’t infested with a warm family of squirrels or bats.

If you suspect a pest infestation, see the Ways Infrared Makes Pest Detection Easy.

2. Get a Roof Inspection

During the winter months, your roof has a very important job – keep the family inside warm and safe and keep weather out! After a winter such as we’ve had, it’s a good idea to ensure that there are no leaks, no flashing problems, no necessary work to be done because if work does have to be done you’ll want to get it scheduled quickly. After all, it’s likely that your roof isn’t the only one in the neighborhood that needs a little TLC.

Even if your roof is in relatively good shape or new-ish, spring is the perfect time to have a roof inspection. Depending on your own experience and skill, and the design of your roof, you may want to skip the do-it-yourself route for safety reasons.

See Top Advantages of an Infrared Roof Inspection for more details on how infrared can help with that roof inspection.

3. Tend to Inside Appliances

The appliances inside your home – the water heater, the refrigerator, the dishwasher – all work well until they don’t. But every single one of them has a list of maintenance tasks that, if done on time, can improve the longevity of the appliance and avoid expenses for you.

  • Clean the refrigerator coils

  • Drain the water heater

  • Inspect and clean the dishwasher – including the filter

Andrew MacDonald has been inspecting homes in Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Schaumburg, St. Charles and surrounding towns for nearly a decade. To truly know the condition of your home, fill in our online form and request an infrared home inspection today.

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