In most places, spring is just about in full swing, which means many of us are taking a little extra time to sweep away the dust and grime of winter.
When it comes to spring cleaning checklist, many to-dos are no-brainers: dust the shelves, mop the floors, clean out the cabinets, etc. But there are a few very important spring cleaning tasks that are easy to forget about during our annual deep-cleaning sessions. Here are the top 6 home cleaning and maintenance tasks you probably forgot to check off your spring cleaning checklist this year:
Add These 6 Tasks to Your Spring Cleaning Checklist:
1. Check Your HVAC System
Before you switch off the heat and turn on the air, you may want to give your HVAC system a once-over to make sure it’s running properly before the temperatures start rising. After all, there’s nothing worse than realizing your AC is busted on a hot summer day!
2. Drain Your Boiler
If your home uses a boiler for heat, draining your boiler in the springtime is a great way to keep your boiler in tip-top shape. It’s recommended that you drain your boiler at least once a year to prevent mineral buildup and corrosion.
3. Examine Your Plumbing
Not-so-fun-fact: 10% of American homes have small plumbing leaks that can waste up to 90 gallons of water a day.
Spring is an important time to check on your plumbing system, as cooler winter temperatures may have taken their toll on your home’s plumbing, especially if you live in a northern climate. Call a home plumbing expert to make sure that the winter’s frigid temperatures haven’t caused any leaks or drips since the fall.
4. Check Your Sump Pump
If your home has a sump pump, remember to ask your plumber to give it a thorough once-over during your plumbing inspection.
5. Clean Your Chimney
Fireplaces get a lot of use over the winter, which means their attached chimneys do as well. Over the years, chimneys can develop a dangerous buildup of creosote, a byproduct of burning wood. This buildup can cause your chimney to ventilate less efficiently, which can pose a fire hazard in your home. Inspect and clean your chimney at least once a year to keep your house and family safe.
6. Inspect Your Detectors
Finally, every homeowner should be testing and inspecting their smoke detectors at least twice a year. Also, keep in mind that almost all smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years – this includes wired detectors. You can tell if it’s time to change your detectors by checking the manufacturing date on the side of the detector.
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Call Handyman Connection to Help With Your Spring Home Maintenance
If you need help keeping your home safe, comfortable and well-maintained this spring, give us a call. We offer a wide variety of handyman services across the United States and Canada, including electrical work, plumbing, general home maintenance, fence repair, deck repair and more.
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