Spring Cleaning

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The clocks have sprung forward, the days are getting longer, and while there’s still some snow on the ground, Spring has officially arrived! Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, but with a little planning you can get your home ready in good time so that when the nice weather arrives once and for all, you’ll be free to enjoy that bike ride or first patio of the season, guilt-free!

 

Here are a few tips for getting your home Spring-ready:

Air conditioner: Once the snow is gone for good and temperatures are solidly in the positive, remove the winter cover and clear debris from the coils. Make sure it’s ready for summer by turning it on for a bit – this way you’ll know if it needs repair before our first heat wave hits.

Air filters: Clean or replace air filters in your HRV (if you have one), furnace and hood fan. The hood fan should be done monthly, or as needed.

Alarms: If you didn’t test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when the clocks sprang forward, do so now. My general rule is to change smoke alarm batteries every time we change the clocks, whether they need them or not.

Eavestroughs: Clean out any debris. Check that joints are secure and water flows at least one metre away from the foundation.

Electric fixtures: Check exterior fixtures such as lights and satellite dishes to make sure they haven’t come loose.

Fireplace: If necessary, turn off the pilot light for a gas fireplace and clean the glazing. Be sure to follow instructions in your manual.

Garage doors: Lubricate the door track, rollers, hinges and weather stripping. Tighten any loose bolts.

Grass: By late April, apply lawn seed to bare patches, along with spring fertilizer.

Hose bibs: Know your plumbing. When the risk of freezing has passed, open the water valves for outside hose bibs. Check the inside pipes for any signs of problems.

Plantings: Fertilize young trees and begin spring landscape maintenance. Remove protective shrouds from delicate plants and shrubs.

Shingles and roofing: Check for winter damage and repair as needed.

Sump pump: If you have one, make sure it’s ready to run and the discharge pipe is connected and directs water away from the foundation.

Wall vents: Make sure outdoor air vents (exhausts, intakes, dryer, HRV, furnace) are not blocked by debris or vegetation.

Window wells: Clean out any debris.

Windows: Clean your windows, screens and hardware and reinstall screens if they were taken down for winter.

Feel free to reach out if you need help locating a professional to help with any of these tasks; I’d be happy to provide a referral if need be! I can be reached at 613-447-7234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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