Prepare Your Home For Spring
It’s time to say goodbye to winter and prepare your home for spring with a complete indoor and outdoor physical. Take advantage of the warmer-weather months to give your home and its most used components a detailed once-over to ensure you are ready for the entire season
Our experts have compiled a list of the most common items you should add to your spring cleaning or spring preparation list.
- Check the flappers on your toilets at least once a year. If they are showing their age, replace them before they start leaking and wasting water.
- Clean your bathroom fans. Take the cover off, wash it in soapy water and clean dirt off the fan blades with a toothbrush. Be sure the power is off when you do this!
- Remove all faucet handles and clean their insides to keep the screws from corroding. Use a rust remover if necessary.
- Before the beginning of a new season, make sure to check your air-conditioning and/or heating equipment.
- Check and replace your furnace and air-conditioning filters every month. There are several types from which to choose, depending on your specific model.
- Most air conditioners have a drainage hole on the base of the cabinet, beneath the evaporator fins. This hole needs to be kept clear in order for the air conditioner to work properly. It’s a good idea each spring to use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it.
- To keep a dehumidifier working properly, remove its housing and let the unit dry completely. Vacuum every accessible surface and crevice.
Inside Home Tips
- Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors twice a year: when the time changes to daylight savings time and then back to standard time. While you’re at it, dust or vacuum the detectors to keep them working at peak performance.
- Make sure you have a fully charged fire extinguisher that you can reach quickly and easily.
- Inspect and, if necessary, caulk around your home’s windows and doors annually. That will help keep out heat and humidity in the summer—and save money on your utility bills all year round.
Outside Home Tips
- To fix a small hole in a window or door screen, dab clear household cement over the hole with a toothpick. If the screens are plastic, test the cement on a scrap to make sure it won’t melt the material.
- Use the same technique to repair screen tears. Pull the two halves of the tear together and hold them in place with masking tape on one side. Apply the household cement to the tear, then smooth with a putty knife. When it’s dry, gently remove the tape and apply cement to the other side.
- Clean out the gutters of winter debris and check them for damage from ice. Install gutter screens or protectors to help keep debris out of the gutters.
- Be sure the gutters slope properly toward the down-spouts.
- To prevent foundation erosion as well as basement flooding, build up soil around the house and slope it away from the foundation.
Contact Horizon Services
With over 20 years of service experience, we have helped thousands of homeowners in the Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland areas with their plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs. Our team of professionals consists of some of the most experienced and most qualified technicians working today in the Delaware Valley. These are top-notch plumbing, heating, and air conditioning technicians who can accurately diagnose and quickly fix any and all plumbing problems. Plumbing emergencies are our specialty!