5 Spring Cleaning Projects to Tackle This Weekend
It’s that time of year again. Our homes go through a lot in the winter months and spring is an invitation to give our sanctuary a little much needed TLC. To get you started we’re sharing 5 projects you can tackle in one weekend.
Furnace filters should be checked and replaced often as needed. Spring is a great time to check-in and make sure the filter system is clean, including the blower and motor. Dirty filters can mean less efficiency and higher energy costs. If you feel uncomfortable doing any maintenance on your own, be sure to call a professional.
It’s also a good time to consider an A/C tune-up and inspection by an HVAC professional. This will ensure that your unit is up and running properly for the warmer weather ahead.
Vents & Fans
Vents and fans are magnets for dust. Bathroom and laundry room exhaust fans should be removed and cleaned thoroughly. The cover can be removed, cleaned, dried, then put back on. Vacuum out any other dust that has accumulated inside. All other living areas with vents should also be vacuumed to remove debris.
Dryer vents should also be inspected for damages and completely cleared out of any lint or dust. If repair or replacement is needed, do so immediately.
This is a great time of year to check in with your pipes. Check under sinks and around faucets for any signs of leaks, clogs, rust, corrosion, or other possible damage.
Check toilets for leaks, a lose tank, running water, and proper operation.
Check all water hoses in bathrooms and in the laundry room for signs of cracks, bulges, or other damage. Any damaged lines should be replaced immediately. Consider replacing rubber hoses with steel-braided ones for added protection against possible leaks and flooding.
Ceilings in every room should be checked for any signs of staining or sagging. This can be an indicator of possible water damage.
Check under the dishwasher for any signs of wetness.
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked annually, and batteries changed twice a year. Spring is a great time to do an inspection and be sure they are in working order. If repair or replacement is needed, do so immediately.
Review where important shut-off valves for the home are located. Knowing where to find switches for water, electricity, gas, water heater, etc. are important in case of an emergency.
More than 15,000 fires start in home laundry rooms every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Beyond removing the fuzz from your dryer's filter after every load, pull out hard-to-reach lint with the crevice tool on your vacuum to suck up debris. Vacuum under, around, and behind the dryer as well.
Even a little bit of time put in can go a long way when it comes to spring cleaning. Start the season off right with a fresh start. Your home will thank you.
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