The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist for Spring

abmayAlthough winter is trying to hold on a bit longer in Kansas City, spring is right around the corner. Your home can take a beating during the winter months, and spring maintenance is imperative to keep your home functioning as it should. Here is a step-by-step plan to get your home in tip-top shape. Check and replace the filters of your heating and cooling systems.

  1. Remove excess dust from your air by removing vent covers and cleaning them with soap and hot water.
  2. To avoid wasting water, check the flapper on your toilet.
  3. Schedule a duct cleaning to remove dust and allergens from the air.
  4. Clean faucets with a toothbrush. If you have mineral buildup around your faucets, consider installing a water softener, which removes the minerals in your water to protect your pipes and faucets from corrosion.
  5. Clear registers and vents of anything blocking airflow. Make sure furniture and rugs are moved to ensure proper airflow throughout your home.
  6. Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, or install a smart thermostat. 
  7. Caulk around windows and doors to keep the humidity out in the summer and the cold drafts out in the winter. A simple task like caulking will save you money year round.
  8. Schedule a maintenance appointment for your heating and cooling systems.
  9. Remove window screens and wash them with water and soap. Lay them in the sun to dry.
  10. Clean out your gutters of debris.
  11. Inspect your sump pump to make sure it is working properly. A working sump pump will keep water out of your basement during the heavy spring rains.
  12. Reinstall your outdoor water hose.
  13. Check the water pressure in your showers and sinks. Schedule an appointment with an A.B. May plumber if the pressure needs to be adjusted.
  14. To prevent basement flooding, make sure the gutters slope downward, and that there is at least four feet between the house and the outlet. You can do this by adding an extension hose or using a splash guard.
  15. Check your outdoor HVAC unit. Clear debris off the unit and the surrounding area, and wash down with a hose.

If you need help from a trained technician, schedule an appointment with A.B. May today.