Spring has finally arrived in New York! With that being said, it is important to make sure your home is prepared for the Spring season ahead. Now is the perfect time to conduct some home maintenance that will help you avoid big repairs and damage this year. Start with these easy tasks on our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist to ensure a safe and easy Spring season in your home.
Our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist:
Inspect Your Roof
Whether you have shingles, tin, or concrete, your roof is your home’s first line of defense against water damage. Inspect your roof to see if the winter left you with any lost or damaged shingles. Don’t delay in getting these spots repaired or replaced. You don’t want water coming into your home when the next spring storm hits. Make sure to also check the flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and chimneys.
Check Your Gutters
You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers”. Before those April showers start rolling through, make sure your gutters are cleared of any debris. Gutters direct rainwater away from your roof and your home. Therefore, gutter cleaning is a key step in your spring home maintenance routine. When you have clogged gutters, you are leaving your home vulnerable to water damage. In addition to cleaning your gutters, also check for any loose or leaky spots and make sure your downspout drains away from the foundation of your home.
Examine Your Attic
Your attic plays a key role in routine home maintenance but it is often overlooked. Give your attic a thorough examination. Check for proper ventilation. Look for any obstructions over vents, roof flashing leaks, and wet spots on insulation. Keeping good airflow in your attic will help you save big when it comes to cooling costs. In addition, proper ventilation reduces the chances of mold damage in your attic.
Replace Your HVAC Filters
Your HVAC filters should be replaced every 30-90 days depending on the type of filter you have. Not only will this help with your indoor air quality, but it will help your HVAC system not have to work too hard. The less work your system has to put in, the lower your bills will be!
Clean Your Dryer Vent
Not all lint gets caught in your lint trap; some of it makes its way to your dryer vent. This may be one of the most important home maintenance tasks. If you do not clear this properly you are putting your home at risk of a house fire. A dryer with a clear vent also has to run for a shorter amount of time which in turn, saves you money.
Check your Washing Machine Fill Hose
While you’re already in the laundry room, consider also checking your washing machine hose. Water pressure in a leaky hose can cause major water damage in a very short period of time. Examine the hose for any cracks that could soon become leaks.
Replace the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors
You never know when you will need your smoke detectors. You can’t anticipate a house fire. So, take the time to change the batteries now. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Our IICRC-certified team at Restoration 1 of New York is prepared to help you when you need us most. If you find yourself in need of water damage restoration, mold remediation, fire damage restoration, or other property restoration and reconstruction do not hesitate to give us a call at (855) 475-2292. We are available 24/7 to get your property back to its pre-damaged state.