Spring is coming, and it’s high time for seasonal maintenance. You have made it through winter in your warm, cozy house, but now the weather is changing, and you need to adjust. The insulation is unnecessary, and you may need to get rid of it, and the storm windows you may have installed definitely have to go.
But while some things seem obvious when the spring comes – like checking your outdoor plumbing – you may forget about the others. Your garage and your roof need some care, too, especially if the winter was severe in your area. You may feel like you need to get some emergency cleaners London in or you might decide you can tackle it over a longer period. It will depend on how much time you have and how much it is needed! Take a look at our ultimate checklist that can help you prepare your house for the spring – and be ready for a change.
Fix That Drafty and Leaky Garage Door
A garage door is probably on the very end of your list – most people remember about it only when they use it, and if your car is sitting out in the driveway (sometimes because you don’t want to fix your door) you won’t have to think about it too often. But unfortunately, a garage door that is drafty, leaky, needs a replacement lock or a garage door torsion spring replacement (this is one of those more complicated things) will let in the rain, dust, and critters. This is especially a problem if you have a garage that’s attached to your house. The moisture and cold will have a huge effect on our heating bills and possible mold in your living space. Yuck! Warm weather is perfect for these repairs, just in case you need to take your whole garage door off in order to make repairs.
How to Clean Up a Mold Mess Inside Your Home
Mold is a common problem for the homeowners, especially after a wet winter. It is a natural part of the cycle for nature. However, mold growth in your home can lead to a bigger problem. To avoid this, you can always look for ways on how to prevent mold growth by fixing any leaks in the roof – unfortunately many leaks start there and work their way down into the walls. Mold is a dangerous thing, and if rainwater has found its way into your walls, it’s best to let professionals deal with it. But if your mold is simply caused by moisture, you can eradicate it with bleach, vinegar or baking soda and new paint.
How to Repair Water Damaged Hardwood Floors
Water damage might not seem like a big deal, but it can cause serious problems like the growth of mold or the corrosion of electrical systems – and in the case of hardwood floors, it will cause warping and permanent damage. It is important that you repair water damaged hardwood floors, by replacing the warped boards with new ones. It might be difficult to match the exact floor you have with a new one – if you have true, solid hardwood floors then you might want to call a sawmill or a wood floor specialty store. They’ll be able to tell you what type of wood you have and how to treat it. Make sure you renew your wooden flooring by sanding them and putting a fresh coat of sealant on them. This way, the wood will be more resistant to water damage in the first place. Wood can absorb moisture in the places where any varnish or epoxy has worn off due to use, exposing raw wood grain. Again, most water damage happens in the cold and wet months of fall and winter, so spring is the best time to tackle these kinds of jobs.
Get Your Garden Ready
A lot of people don’t think about getting their garden ready for the spring planting season until it’s slightly too late and then they have to scramble. It’s best to work when it’s still a bit chilly to prepare your beds, get rid of those overgrown dry and winter-rotted leaves and weeds and use fertilizer. By the time you’re ready to plant, the soil will relax and be ready for new flower beds or vegetable patches!
Clean Your Drains
We all know to clean drains before the winter season starts, but another great time to do it is after it’s over – this way, you’ll get rid of any blockages caused by winter storms and not be caught off-guard if the spring proves to be more volatile than you expect. So take some time to do a little spring-drain cleaning and you’ll be prepared for those April showers.
Do AC Maintenance
There’s nothing worse than trying to get some cool air during that first heatwave of the year and getting a whiff of moldy and mildewy air. Servicing your AC unit doesn’t need to be a scary hassle – some things you can do on your own include:
- Replacing the filter
- Coil maintenance – rinse it with a garden hose
- Get rid of any debris, leaves and branches from your outside unit
- Check for any exposed wires or damage in your outside unit
- Verify that your thermostat is working properly
Don’t forget to cut the breaker to an AC unit before working on it.
Springtime Roof Repair
After the winter storms are long gone, it’s time to prepare your roof for another season. If you have an attic crawl space, check it for leaks especially close to any seams, chimneys or vents. This is where the water usually gets in and causes mold problems. The attic is the first place to look for undiscovered water leaks. It’s best to hire contractors in the spring, but since everyone is doing it you better figure out if you need any work done early on, or you’ll be put at the very end of their working calendar.
Get an Air Purifier
Spring is the time for flowers blooming, trees pollinating and mold spores being blown in the wind. Make sure the air in your home is safe to breathe, especially if you have family members with allergies or asthma. An air purifier will be the perfect springtime present for them, and will help them to get a full night of restful sleep, without coughing or wheezing.
There are some maintenance ideas that are perfect to do in the early spring. This may include not only the classic spring cleaning duties like decluttering your space or washing all the windows, but also checking for any damage caused during the winter months, and thinking ahead to the warm months in order to make them more enjoyable for you and your family or housemates