You may be busy thinking about getting your lawn and garden ready for spring, but don’t forget your home too! Preparing your home for spring is even more important than prepping the flowerbeds, so follow these tips to get your home ready for warm weather.
♦ Check the gutters. Be sure that all the snow and ice are out of the gutters and downspouts. Watch how excess water drains through the system to make sure it drains properly and doesn’t puddle up around your foundation. Look for leaks and remove any debris that may have blown in during the winter. Be sure that downspouts are positioned to drain water away from your house.
♦ A roof inspection is necessary to check for pooling water that can soak into your roof, attic, or ceilings. Look for loose or missing shingles and check exterior vents. Remove anything that may cause clogs and use a moss killer if it is a recurring problem.
♦ Taking care of your heating and air conditioning system should be a regular part of your home maintenance program. Change air filters and check your air ducts, vents, and HVAC system. Clear debris and dust away from indoor and outdoor systems, including vents. Air duct cleaning is difficult to do on your own so it’s usually best to hire a professional to clean them.
♦ Check windows for damage, such as cracked glass, peeling trim, and broken seals. Water can seep into tiny cracks, causing damage and eventually mold. Check window screens at the same time for holes and tears. Repair or replace them before the insects become widespread.
♦ Uncover any pipes that were wrapped over the winter and check for cracks and damage. Look for drips and leaks around pipes and faucets. Check spigots and sprinkler systems for leaks before turning on the water.
If you notice dust around your vent grills, unusual odors when the HVAC system is running, or an increase in respiratory problems in your family, it might be time to schedule an air duct cleaning. ServiceMaster DAK provides comprehensive air duct cleaning services to clients in Northbrook IL, Wilmette IL, Glenview IL, Highland Park IL, Lake Forest IL, Winnetka IL, Buffalo Grove IL, and surrounding areas.