Spring is in full swing, and before you know it summer will have arrived. Is your home ready for AC weather and outdoor living? Here are some April suggestions for how to stay ahead of the maintenance required as a homeowner:
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts. Make sure the drainage is flowing away from the house so that April showers don’t create a mess or trap water around your foundation.
- Check plumbing for leaks on supply lines. Now that the last of the freezing weather is on it’s way out, it’s a good time to test the waters, literally.
- Have your air conditioning system serviced. One of the most dreaded occurrences of warmer seasons is having your AC give out when you need it most. In NC, we know that the temperature can go from 55, to 85, to 35 in a matter of days, so your system needs to be ready.
- Remove dead plants, brush, and leaves. Time to freshen up your yard so new growth and blooms can get through. Clearing the debris also helps ensure that the creepy crawly creatures coming out of hibernation have fewer places to hide.
- Test sprinklers and set irrigation systems. Your lawn needs TLC too. Being proactive before the heat waves come will keep you from panicking when your landscaping is on the brink of death.
- Clean the garbage disposal. What’s that smell? The sink disposal is frequently forgotten until it’s stinking up your kitchen. This is a great addition to your semi-regular cleaning routine. Not sure how? Find out here.
- Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Do this monthly for your own safety. Enough said.
- Check your water softener. It is suggested that you have your softener system inspected and serviced annually or if you notice something out of the ordinary about your water quality. Typically salt is added quarterly, but should be monitored on a monthly basis.
- Run the water and flush the toilets in unused rooms. For your plumbing to stay in good working order, your pipes need to see some action.
- Have your septic tank inspected by a professional. This isn’t an annual event, but it’s on this list because after spending more time indoors during the winter, it is important to make sure your systems get the care they need after being used more heavily. It is suggested that you have a septic inspection at least every three years, and systems are typically pumped every three to five years. No one wants a puddle of hot poo water baking in their yard when the weather warms up.
Remember, these tips are just a guideline for keeping up with all the tasks involved in keeping your home in tip top shape. If you have more maintenance and cleaning tips that you include in your April routine, I’d love to hear them!
From my home to yours,