5 Homeowner’s Tips for Spring Cleaning Maintenance

5 Homeowner’s Tips for Spring Cleaning MaintenanceIt’s that time of the year when sweatshirts turn to t-shirts, snow turns to rich, green grass, and—of course—you begin your spring cleaning. It’s also that time of the year to inspect your home for any damage it took during the winter months. Go get a head start on your spring cleaning to prevent any future complications. Don’t forget to check off the following five things on your spring cleaning to-do list.

1.      Inspect Your Windows and Doors

Inspect the seams around your doors and windows to identify any spots that have a draft or old and dried out caulking. If these are an issue in your home, add or replace the caulking to prevent water damage.

If that doesn’t work, try weatherstripping. Weatherstripping is a material that you place on the edge of your window and door frames to improve the seal. This will keep the cool air in and warm air out, which means less work for your AC or HVAC, which can also save you on your energy bill.

2.      Swap Out the Batteries in Your Detectors

Spring cleaning is one of the best times to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors are essential to your home to keep you safe from smoke and deadly gases. In addition, both detectors should be tested monthly to ensure proper functioning.

3.      Clean/Replace Your HVAC Filters

Like windows and doors, proper inspection and cleaning can not only improve your home, but also save you money. Cleaning the filters will increase the longevity and effectiveness of your blower motor which in turn, will prevent larger airborne particles from entering the system.

4.      Clean/Inspect Your Appliances

Inspecting your refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. is a very important step to take in your spring cleaning. Cleaning your appliances and keeping up with maintenance will increase the usefulness and longevity of your appliances. Make sure you un-plug the appliance and read the owner’s manuals prior to cleaning.

5.      Check Electrical Outlets and Cords

Overloaded outlets, fuse boxes, and extension cords are a dangerous fire hazard and should be closely monitored frequently throughout your home. You should also be wary of frayed wires or loose fitting plugs that can cause safety hazards. Be sure to note any burning smells that you may encounter and check for any melted places on cords.

Spring cleaning can be a hassle, but it is vital. A thorough inspection will prevent any household disasters from occurring and putting your home at risk. To read more spring cleaning tips for your home, read our other blog Spring Cleaning: Inspecting Your Home. Keep the warm spring vibes rolling and contact the experts at TJ Woods’s Insurance today about Homeowner’s Insurance to see how our specialized plan can help keep your home protected.