Spring is finally here!
After a long winter, the weather is finally shaping up in Utah which means it’s time to get your home ready for spring and summer. Maintaining your home is an important part of homeownership, so we have 7 tips for seasonal maintenance to help you keep your home in tip top shape!
Clean out the gutters and downspouts
Your home has endured months of snow, rain, and ice which means you haven’t been able to get out and check your gutters. Winter storms can damage gutters and downspouts, or they may be filled with debris which means they may not be draining properly.
Choose a warm spring day to check all of your gutters and downspouts and clear out any leaves, sticks, or other debris. Spring along the Wasatch front tends to be rainy, so make sure your gutters are ready to go!
Check your roof
Utah’s winter storms can cause wear and tear to your roof. Every spring, it’s important to inspect your roof and look for missing shingles or exposed pipes. You can climb up on a ladder to do a quick inspection or even stand in your yard and use binoculars to check for problems. If you discover an issue, call a professional roofer and have them make any necessary repairs.
Inspect your windows, window sills, and screens
One of the best parts of spring is opening up your windows and letting fresh air stream inside your home! Before you do, we recommend you do some inspections and repair first!
- Check for stuck windows – If you have a window stuck closed, simply take a putty knife and try sliding it under the window to get it open.
- Check your window sills – Look for cracks and loose edges. You may need to re-caulk or apply weather stripping.
- Check your screens – Patch any holes or replace screens as needed! You’ll be glad you did when bugs start coming out in the summer.
You have filters throughout your home and it’s a good idea to replace them every spring. You have filters in your:
- Fridge water
- Window screens
- Kitchen exhaust fan filter
Clean filters can save you money on your gas and electricity bills. Furnace filters also reduce pollen and other allergens in the air in your home. Keep your family safe and healthy and replace all of your filters this spring!
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
It’s no fun waking up in the middle of the night to a chirping smoke alarm with a dead battery. Even more important is keeping your family safe from a house fire or potential carbon monoxide poisoning. Take a few minutes every spring to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep your family safe!
Service AC units
Nobody likes living in a hot, muggy house during the summer. Get ahead of the game and get your AC units ready to go during the spring! You can hire a professional, or if you are comfortable with basic maintenance, you can check the following things:
- Change the filters
- Clean the condensation line
- Clean the coils on the outside unit with your hose
- Clean the fins with a toothbrush or small car cleaning brush
- Check that the concrete slab is level
- Remove debris around the unit
You’ll be ready to go when summer rolls around if you do some maintenance now.
Clean the BBQ
The last, and possibly the most important step to be ready for spring is to clean your BBQ! During the spring months you’ll want to watch for birds trying to use your grill as a nest. It’s a mess to clean out and may postpone your grilling efforts. Once your grill is all cleaned up, you are officially ready for the season!
Learn more about how to keep your home and appliances in great condition from our partner Corey at Elevate Home Warranty!