How to Make Your Home Ready for Spring?
“The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing” Spring is in the air and many people are starting to prepare for it. Spring seems to kick things into overdrive and really motivates people to get their house put together. These are the main things we recommend that you do every year to spruce up your house and welcome the spring season.
5 Tips to make your home spring ready
- Clean Gutters
Grab a long ladder, check your gutters for debris and put your gloves on to remove as much as you can with your hands. Remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose. Take off any nozzle and have a helper turn on the water when you’re ready. Shove the hose into the downspout to power out of gooseneck bends. Make sure your downspouts channel water at least five feet from foundation walls.
- Clean Faucets and Showerheads
Over time, calcium and hard water buildup can block faucets and shower heads, preventing maximum water flow and hampering water pressure. In extreme cases it might be necessary to break out your tools and take apart these plumbing fixtures to really dig in and remove all of the gunk. Most of the time, though, faucets and shower heads can be cleaned without removing them, using a few common household items.
Unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and showerheads, and soak them in equal parts vinegar and water solution. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water.
- Clean Out the Dryer Vent
Dirty or clogged dryer vents and ductwork don’t just reduce your dryer’s performance. The combination of heat and accumulated dryer lint and dust can lead to a fire hazard. In fact, clogged clothes dryer vents cause thousands of fires per year in the United States. Learn how to clean a dryer vent at least once a year to keep your home safe and ensure that laundry day runs at peak efficiency.
Tip: Check for warning signs of clothes dryer lint buildup such as laundry taking longer to dry, the clothes dryer becoming hotter to the touch or a burning smell becoming noticeable in the laundry room. Tip courtesy of Home Depot.
- Check Foundation Vents
Wash and vacuum the vents. Any vacuum with a hose attachment will do the trick. Vacuum the foundation vents to remove residual debris or dust. Follow that up with some soap and water to increase air circulation and prevent mold buildup. Rinse and repeat until all your foundation vents are clean.
- Wash Exterior Windows
Ideally, windows should be washed twice a year, but it’s a task most people don’t look forward to. Part of what makes DIY window cleaning such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.
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