While many areas of across Canada and the United States are still covered in snow, spring is undoubtedly on its way! Here are 5 essential spring cleaning home maintenance tasks that should be on your to-do list this April and May.
Service Air Conditioning Unit
To ensure your air conditioner is ready for the work that is coming up during the summer months, it is important to have it serviced on an annual basis. This includes replacing the air filter in the interior of your home, and removing any dust, dirt or debris that could have accumulated around your exterior air cooling unit. It is good to have your air conditioner serviced before the hot days of summer hit, when your local HVAC company will be booked up with everyone else on your block!
Cleaning your gutters at the beginning of spring is integral to ensuring the proper functioning of your gutters through the spring months, which are often marked by heavy periods of rain. Ensuring that your gutters are effectively delivering water away from your home and the foundation is essential in preventing leaks into your home, and protecting your foundation over the long term.
Every spring, it is a good practice to get up on your roof and do a minor inspection. Are all of the roofing tiles in tact? Are the tiles peeling back or broken? Do you see any holes in the roofing tile? Any of these problems could lead to leaks down the road. Consult a roofing professional to inspect the problem. They will be able to tell you if this is just requires a simple patch job, or if there should be further done to protect the roof.
Re-Apply Paint and Varnishes
Paint and coatings on wood are what protect these materials from the harsh environment. In the summer, this is most often intense heat and sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Give your wood trim and finishes the protection is needs to defend itself against the sun this summer by sanding down any loose or chipping paint and reapplying a fresh coat.
Check Your Foundation
Once the snow is melted away from your home, and the weather begins to remain warmer on a consistent basis, it is a good idea to walk around your home, performing a simple visual inspection of your foundation. If you notice any large cracks that were not there last summer, it would be a good idea to consult a professional to do a thorough inspection of the crack to confirm the structural integrity is still intact, and fill the crack to prevent any leaks or critters that could be let into your home as result.