Spring cleaning doesn’t just include ridding the house of unwanted clutter. Preventative maintenance is an excellent way to bring about positive change to your home as we begin to head into summer. The tips in this post are designed to help you prevent internal and external damages that could lead to costly repairs.
Preventative Home Maintenance Tips
1. Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
Your gutters and downspouts are a network for drainage. They protect your roof and home from water damage. Standing water will deteriorate the integrity of your property. Shingles will erode. If the water penetrates the structural components of the house the wood could rot from the inside, causing mold or mildew. Prevent the need to re-roof by removing leaves, branches, and other debris.
2. Inspect Your Roof
Shingled roofs have a lifespan of about 20 to 30 years. That doesn’t mean you can leave them without inspection. Heavy rains and wind can weaken the binding that seals the shingles to the roof. As we are coming out of winter, a quick trip up to your roof will help you identify if there are any shingles loose or missing.
3. Clear the Dryer Vent Hose
An area of the home that can go unnoticed is the washroom. Neglecting to empty the dryer vent hose is a fire risk. The U.S. Fire Administration stated just under 3,000 homes claimed house fires were a result of the dryer malfunctioning. Lint builds up in the dryer hose and becomes an immediate health and safety concern. Grab a vacuum and a brush from your local superstore. Use the brush to release some of the lint and use the vacuum extension to get rid of the residue.
4. Have Your Wiring Inspected
Small animals and bugs take shelter between the walls in the winter months. Mice often take up residence until the weather gets better. While hibernating, they can chew or knock wiring loose. Frayed wiring is another potential safety hazard. Have an electrician inspect the wiring in the house to confirm you don’t have broken or frayed cords.
5. Check Plumbing for Leaks
In Middle Tennessee, we had a few bitter days this winter. We managed to escape without heavy snowfall, but we did experience some light dusting here and there. As water solidifies it contracts and puts a strain on pipes and plumbing. Hire a plumber to complete a maintenance check on your drain lines and system to ensure there aren’t clogs and the pressure is running at optimal performance.
6. Complete Some Landscaping
As the trees begin to bloom, homeowners are at an advantage. Harsh winter weather can strain, damage, and weaken tree branches. Anything planted too close to the home could cause unnecessary damage if they break off. You’re looking at potentially repairing the roof or replacing a window. Identify weak or damaged branches before the tree is back in full bloom.
7. Inspect the Foundation of Your Home
Any debris that makes its way to the foundation of your house could cause cracks. A weakening of the structure to the building could be catastrophic. Walk around the outside of the house paying close attention to the foundation. Once you’ve confirmed the exterior is free from cracks, move inside to confirm there aren’t any issues internally.
8. Check Smoke Detectors
After our previous tips about fire protection, the last thing you want to neglect is the inspection of your smoke detectors. We rely on these devices to forewarn us if dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are present indoors. Merely replacing the batteries could potentially save you and your family from any dangers.
9. Check Doors and Windows
Tennessee summers are hot! And, that means we rely on a little help from our air conditioning unit to keep us cool. However, it won’t be handy if our doors and windows have gaps. All the cold air being churned out by your HVAC system will go right out the door driving up the cost of your energy bills. Look for cracks or damage to the caulking or weatherstripping. It’s the first indication of potential air leaks.
10. Get Your HVAC Professionally Serviced
Before calling your HVAC professional, check air filters. It’s a simple fix that you can do yourself to improve air quality. After, contact a professional like Busy Bee to conduct a maintenance inspection. Summer weather can show up in a heartbeat. You don’t want to turn on your unit under extreme conditions to find that it isn’t working. Sometimes, asking it to go from zero to 60 puts too much strain on the machine when it hasn’t been used for months. A professional inspection can determine the quality of your unit and recommend any repairs needed before the heat turns up.
Middle Tennessee HVAC Contractor
At Busy Bee, we pride ourselves on offering advice on your air conditioning system. We understand the heat and humidity is tough to beat, and we want to help your air conditioning unit perform without missing a beat. Our team offers a comprehensive list of services to help maintain the performance level of your unit.