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The winter weather breaks. The furnace stops running around the clock. Sweaters and boots move to the back of the closet. Spring is here, and the world feels new again.
Spring is one of the most important times of the year for regular home maintenance. These five tips give you a great place to start your annual spring maintenance routine and will help keep your home in tiptop shape as you swing into spring.
- Have Your Air Conditioning Unit Serviced
As the weather warms and unexpectedly hot days pop up in the spring, it may be tempting to crank up the air conditioning. Hang on a second, Elsa — before you set the temperature to frosty, remember that your air conditioner should be checked at least once a year to rule out any problems. Make plans now to schedule an air conditioning tune-up. This quick check-up can help reduce energy costs and add life to your unit while improving performance. This is also a good time to replace any HVAC filters if you haven’t already.
- Clean Your Gutters
As you hurry to get out and enjoy the weather, take some time to clean your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of heartache! Gutters are designed to keep rainwater flowing away from your home, and water is the natural enemy of the building materials that hold your house together. Your home can withstand water, but only if that water is efficiently removed from the structure as quickly as possible. Pooling water is a recipe for disaster. Clogged gutters can allow water to get into your home, which can cause expensive — and dangerous — structural damage.
- Inspect for Damage
Taking the time to inspect your home for damage caused by winter snow and ice is one of the simplest yet most significant steps you can take to maintaining your home. Visually inspecting areas such as your roof, chimney, downspouts, patios, sidewalks and driveways help prevent safety issues or further damage to your home.
- Check Your GFCI Outlets
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets should be installed at every power supply in your home that is near a water source. A GFCI outlet protects you from shock by shutting down when there is a change to the electrical current. To test your GFCI outlet, plug in a small appliance like a radio, and press the “Test” button on the outlet. The radio should shut off. Then press the “Reset” button, and the radio should turn back on. If the “Test” or “Reset” buttons aren’t functioning properly, it is time to call a professional to have your electrical system checked.
- Prune Overgrown Greenery
The earliest days of spring are a great time for doing any pruning that you missed during late fall. Keeping greenery pruned away from your home can prevent damage from branches or insects. This is also a good time to remove any trees or shrubs that may be causing problems with your foundation or sewage lines.
Setting a day or two days aside for home maintenance tasks in the spring can help you enjoy the weather while you take care of your home. It can also save you time and money by promptly addressing any problems that developed during the winter months. Have a great spring, and be safe!
About John C. Flood:
John C. Flood is a group of trained professionals providing the finest in plumbing, heating, cooling and electric – with offices in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia to serve you. Their unyielding goal is to provide the ultimate in total comfort systems for Washington metro area homes and businesses. Whether you’re having new, energy efficient heating or air conditioning equipment installed … need to fix a leaky faucet … or rewiring your home, John C. Flood wants to be your first and only choice for comfort, service and value! Their HVAC technicians are NATE (North American Technical Excellence) Certified, and they have Master and journeyman plumbers and electricians who are ready to serve you! To learn more about John C. Flood, visit their website or on Facebook.