Spring Maintenance Tips

Winter can certainly do a lot of damage to a house, but what sort of interior considerations should homeowners in either a new house or condo need to make? With spring finally here, aside from your annual spring cleaning, there are also some important interior spring maintenance tasks which will not only help to make your home more comfortable, but can also help keep your family safer and prevent costly repairs. Here are some important interior spring maintenance tasks for house and condo owners:

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Thisoldhouse.com

 

This is a great time of year to test all of the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in your house or condo. To test the outlet, plug in a portable item such as a hairdryer or alarm clock. Press the “test” button on the outlet – it should turn the item off. At the same time, you should see the “reset” button pop out. When you push the reset in again, power should come on once more. Consult an electrician for assistance or further information.

 

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Auburnny.gov

 

Check each smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your house or condo. This is a great time of year to replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your house or condo to ensure they don’t fail because of low battery life.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Nibbana.ca

Clean your carpets throughout your house or condo. Carpeting can harbor millions of germs, bacteria, mites, and a variety of other contaminants. Even a carpet that appears to be clean may be dirtier than you think. Perform a DIY deep cleaning or hire carpet cleaners to do it for you.

 

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Popularmechanics.com

 

For those in new houses, test your basement sump pump if you have one. Pour a 5-gallon bucket of water into the reservoir. The sump should start. If it doesn’t, consult a professional. During spring’s heavy rains, this item will help keep your basement dry; you don’t want it to fail when you really need it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Webmd.com

Change filters and clean the air purifier as needed.  Clean any ceiling fans throughout your house or condo. Reverse the blade direction to ensure it directs the air down, with the blades turning counterclockwise. Dust exhaust fans such as those in the bathroom. Consider hiring a professional duct cleaning company if you live in a house. These sorts of upkeep tasks will improve your home’s indoor air quality and make your furnace operate more efficiently.

 

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Shelterrific.com

If you’re in a new house or resale house, don’t overlook the attic. Check your attic for proper ventilation and potential uninvited winter quests like birds’ nests. Look for obstructions over vents, damaged soffit panel, roof flashing leads and wet spots on insulation. Keeping good airflow will save you when it comes to cranking the AC to cool your house down come summer.

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