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Get Ready For Spring!

Maggie Horne

Maggie Horne is a long term resident of Wellington County, living on a 107-acre farm near Rockwood since 1988...

Maggie Horne is a long term resident of Wellington County, living on a 107-acre farm near Rockwood since 1988...

Oct 1 3 minutes read

Mother Nature may disagree, but spring is officially here, which means it’s time to start thinking about your spring cleaning.

The change of season is the perfect time to look at your home’s seasonal to-do list. Remember, having a regular maintenance schedule can halt the most common (and costly) problems before they occur. And if you break them up into a few at a time, the list won’t seem as daunting.

While regular checks should be done throughout the year, spring is the time to assess winter damage to your home, start repairs and prepare for the warmer months.

So here is our spring cleaning checklist for you:

  • Make sure your sump pump is working properly before spring thaw.
  • Have fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys cleaned and serviced.
  • Clean or replace furnace air filters until you’re no longer heating for the season. (If you have an HRV, it should be checked every two months.)
  • Shut down, drain and clean your furnace humidifier.
  • Once the weather warms up a bit, turn on the power to your air conditioner and check the system. (It should be serviced every 2-3 years). Clean or replace filter.
  • Check dehumidifier and drain. Clean if needed.
  • Test well water quality. (You should test for bacteria every 6 months.)
  • Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms and replace batteries if you didn’t when the clocks changed.
  • Clean windows, screens and hardware. Replace storm windows with screens.
  • Once all danger of frost has passed, open the valve to your outside hose connection.
  • Check your foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture.
  • Re-level any steps or decks that moved due to frost or settling.
  • Check for and seal any holes in your exterior cladding that could allow in small pests.
  • Clear your eavestroughs and downspouts of debris and check for loose connections.
  • Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris.
  • Repair and paint fences where needed, but make sure wood fences to dry before tackling.
  • Start your spring landscape maintenance; fertilize young trees if needed.
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