Some Spring Season Tasks for the Homeowner
One would think that with the cold weather behind us, most of the household hazards we face would be put away in the closet with the space heater. But, other parts of the home and appliances still need our attention. Contractors see a lot of problems due to lack of maintenance tasks. It’s tough to keep up with everything! But, it’s also nice to have these jobs done when it’s still cool because these tasks will save you money on your summer electric bill and keep you safe. Let’s get started!
Hire a chimney sweep
While most people hire a chimney sweep in the fall before the season, most chimney sweeps will tell you that a spring cleaning will not only give you the time slot you want but also give you time to plan for the chimney needs repair. Plus, it will be ready in the fall when everyone else is scrambling to get a chimney sweep.
Switch the switch on your ceiling fan
It’s time to change the direction on the ceiling fan to make it turn in a counterclockwise direction for summer (from the floor looking up). First, turn off the fan. If the switch is in a place where someone might accidentally turn it on while you’re working on it, put a piece of tape over the switch before you start. Grab a ladder, a cleaning product (depending on your fan) and an old pillowcase. While you’re up there switching the direction of the fan (the switch is usually on the side of the base), spritz a little cleaner on the pillowcase or fan blade. Then slide the pillowcase over the fan blade and then wipe the fabric on the inside of the case along the edge. This will wipe the dust off and trap it in the pillowcase. Repeat for each blade as needed. Then take that pillowcase outside and shake it out.
Clean out the dryer vent
This little activity can prevent a fire. Unplug the dryer. If it’s gas, you have to shut off the gas. Pull the dryer out from the wall and disconnect the clamp from the hose. Using a dryer vent brush or vacuum hose, clean out the hole in the dryer and high up as you can reach. Do the same with the hose you disconnected. After you reconnect the hose, go outside, remove the flap casing from the wall, and clean up in that hole with the brush and vacuum, too. Then reattach it. When you move the dryer back to the wall, do NOT crush the dryer vent. Please.
Don’t forget to give your lint trap a good cleaning. Use hot, sudsy water and a toothbrush if you use dryer sheets because the material from them tends to clog the mesh of the dryer lint trap. Make sure it’s completely dry before you put it back into the dryer.
Clean out the gutters
Now that the spring growth is coming on, it’s time to say goodbye to the old leaves from the fall which have gunked up your gutters and downspouts. This one will require a ladder. If you didn’t trim the big branches, let it go, but take care of any suckers and smaller low growing branches before it gets too hot! Take a good hard look at your roof while you’re up there to see if there are any loose or missing shingles.
Cut any shrubs that are growing too close to the house or the HVAC unit. Then run through the irrigation cycle and make sure you don’t have any leaking sprinklers.
We know these tasks are somewhat tedious, they will save you money on your electric bill, keep your home structure in good shape, and may prevent a fire.
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