The weather is warmer and it’s time for spring cleaning. Tackle housecleaning projects by enlisting the help of family members. You can spend quality time while you tidy the house and improve home safety.
Improve Home Safety by Maintaining Decks and Patios
Spring and summer are perfect times to enjoy your backyard deck. Get ready for warm weather barbecues by performing basic deck maintenance. Inspect your deck and look for safety concerns. Check for damaged wood and replace boards that are rotting, warped, or badly splintering. Hammer in any nails that are protruding from the surface of the wood. Test railing and handrails to make sure all components of the deck are safe and secure.
HVAC Filters and Vents
As warmer weather arrives, it’s a good time to clean vents, replace or clean air filters, and inspect HVAC units. It’s also a great time to make sure lint hasn’t built up around the dryer vent. Removing dust from vents and changing filters will improve your indoor air quality and help extend the lifespan of your appliances.
Spring Cleaning to Improve Home Safety Includes Repairing Walkways
If you live in an area with a regular freeze-thaw cycle, you’ll need to repair concrete and stone walkways around your property. With changing temperatures, the soil beneath the pathway expands and contracts. This can lead to shifting and cracks in the materials which creates tripping hazards. Repair driveways and walkways to prevent water from seeping into the cracks and making the problem worse.
Keeping clean gutters is important for the health of your home. Overflowing, clogged gutters can lead to roof damage, drainage problems, and basement flooding. To improve home safety and help prevent property damage and mold growth, clean your gutters soon after the weather warms up. Your house will be ready for spring showers when water can flow freely away from the home.
Improve Safety and Get the Grill Ready
Prepare the grill for summertime barbecues. Clean the grates with a sturdy grill brush. Make sure the hoses are in good condition and connections are intact. If you have a propane grill, purchase fuel so you’re ready for your first cookout. If you have a charcoal grill, clean out the ash and brush the grates.
As you work on these spring cleaning projects you can enjoy time with your family and improve the safety of your home.