Spring cleaning is not only an opportunity to tidy and refresh your home, it’s also an opportunity to do small but necessary maintenance checks to keep your home running efficiently. Here are some tips and reminders from our very own Preservation & Repair Construction Manager, Habitat Matt, to maximize your spring cleaning routine.
- Check and replace air and furnace filters. Dust build up can slow the efficiency of your HVAC system and affect the quality of the air in your home. Changing your filters every 90 days gives you clean air, keeps your HVAC running smoothly, and minimizes allergy and sinus flare ups.
- Check for leaks. Leaks over time can cause larger issues such as mold and deterioration, which can lead to structural and flooring damage and health hazards. Catching leaks early before they become bigger issues, can save your home, health, and pockets. Areas to check include plumbing, appliances, ceiling, and HVAC. Also, pouring vinegar or a capful of bleach can also remove build up in HVAC drain lines.
- Inspect and clean debris from gutters. As we prepare for spring showers, it is important to ensure that water is properly draining off your roof and away from your home. Roof damage is the leading cause of policy drops from homeowner’s insurance. Cleaning your gutters can extend the life of your roof, protecting your home and your family. Remember, to always practice ladder safety when cleaning your gutters.
- Check grout and caulking. in tile to prevent loose tiles in shower or floors.
- Check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. for proper functioning and that they are up to date.
- Clean dryer vents. A vacuum cleaner is a quick and efficient way to remove lingering lent build up from the dryer vent. Build up in your dryer vent can impact the efficiency of your dryer causing your clothes to take longer to dry, but more importantly, it’s a fire hazard! So be sure to clean your dryer vent frequently to avoid damp clothes and the risk of fires.
- Check/flush drains for clogs. Build up in your pipes can cause a lot of harmful effects such as odor, mold and mildew growth, water contamination, and structural damage. Also, standing water and/or food build up in your pipes can attract pests. Simply pouring boiling hot water can remove any residue build up and pairing it with vinegar or baking soda washes away unpleasant odors.
Did you know that average home repair costs range from $3,000-$10,000 for standard repairs? Following these routine maintenance checks can not only improve the efficiency of your home, but can save you money on costly repairs.
Always remember, when getting rid of gently-used household items and appliances, call up your Hometown Habitat at (352) 589-3005 to donate your gently used goods to our local ReStores. Your donations help build homes and change lives in Lake and Sumter Counties!