Home Maintenance Tips | Spring 2022
Spring is a beautiful time across Charlotte and the Carolinas. If we're lucky, we get one or two days of weather in the 60-70's before it jumps to endless 80+ degree days. Joking aside, as the weather gets warmer we start to enjoy more time outdoors with our friends and family. This makes spring the perfect time to get your Charlotte area home set up for the warmer days ahead. Doing some basic home maintenance now will make life easier when summer starts heating up. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get your home ready for spring.
Top Spring Home Maintenance Tips and Tricks to Get Your Charlotte Area Home Ready for the Season
Clean out your dryer vent
One of the most important maintenance tasks to do in preparation for spring is cleaning out your dryer vent. If your clothes dryer produces a lot of lint, there's probably also a buildup of lint and other debris over time in your dryer vent. This can lead to three different issues: -The buildup will restrict air flow into the vent. This means that heat and moisture won't properly escape from your dryer, so you'll have to run it longer than necessary. -A clogged dryer vent can lead to a house fire. The excess heat and moisture will cause the lint inside the vent to ignite, leading to an expensive problem or potential disaster. -Clogged vents are also a breeding ground for pests like rodents because they enjoy nesting in warm, dark places with lots of food sources nearby.
The best way to combat these problems is by cleaning out your dryer vents regularly. If you’re unable to complete this yourself, you can contact a local Charlotte HVAC company who can complete this important task relatively inexpensively.
Flush your water heater
This is a must to maintain your water heater. Flushing the water heater will help improve heat efficiency and remove any sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank.
Clean your gutters and downspouts
One of the most important spring home maintenance tasks is making sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris. Cleaning your gutters will help prevent water from damaging the exterior of your home. This can lead to serious structural damage and costly repairs. When you clean your gutters, make sure you remove any leaves, sticks, or other debris that might be present.
Check your paint and siding condition
Winter can take a toll on a home’s paint and siding making spring a great time to check your paint and siding condition. The hotter weather means more sun, which can cause paint to deteriorate faster. You don’t want your home looking drab or worse- peeling in the summer months. On the other hand, siding can take a beating when it gets too hot outside. It’s important to make sure it’s in good condition and consider pressure washing before summer hits so it doesn’t break down early.
Get your HVAC (A/C) serviced
One of the biggest mistakes people make during the spring is waiting to do any HVAC maintenance. Now is the perfect time to get your system serviced so it’s ready for when temperatures start rising. You don’t want to wait until you notice that your energy bills are skyrocketing because your AC is broken.
Change batteries in or replace smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
It's important to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. This will make sure they work properly and alarm if there is a fire or excess gas in your home. If your detectors are more than 6-10 years old, it might be a good idea to purchase new detectors that have 10-year sealed battery cells, which will last longer and require you to change them less often.
Staying on top of the clutter in your home
No one enjoys the spring cleaning. But there are some tasks that need to be done before summer, especially if you want your home to stay clean and organized. One of those tasks is to stay on top of the clutter in your home. Springtime is a hot time for garage sales, so you may have some extra things that you don’t intend to keep around. The best thing to do is get them out of your home now! You can also start weeding through what's left in your cabinets and closets. Do you need all those clothes? Is this book really worth keeping? Get rid of anything that isn't essential right now so it doesn't become clutter next season!
Bannon Home Inspections performs quality, affordable home inspection services to the greater Charlotte, NC area. We provide detailed and thorough reports that include maintenance tips to help you protect your investment. If you’re in the market to purchase a home or even if you’ve been in a home several years and want to learn more about its current condition, give us a call today to discuss your home inspection options.