Spring is here, spring is here!† Spring is here and hopefully the weather will catch up.† Waiting for the nicer weather itís still a great time to get your home ready for spring and summer.
Hereís a list of chores to consider for the month of April and May:
1. ROOF CHECK UP:† There are 2 places you need to inspect your roof.† From the inside and from the outside.
For outside you will need to inspect your roof for any loose, missing or damaged shingles, evidence of leaks, cracks in seals or flashing that may have shifted.
From the inside take a strong flashlight up into the attic and look around for evidence of dark moisture spots on the roof sheathing.
2.† EXTERIOR HOUSE CHECK
Check your steps and deck for cracks, rotting boards or places where nails have popped up. With concrete steps, consider painting them with concrete paint to protect the surface and spruce them up; repair any cracks.
Clean and check your eaves troughs and make any needed repairs. Consider buying leaf guards for the tops of downspouts; these are easy-to-clean mesh screens that prevent debris from flowing into the downspout and clogging it.
Walk around the perimeter of your house, carefully checking the foundation and seal for cracks. Even small cracks should be repaired; they have a way of growing into big cracks, and possibly leaks.
Wash your windows inside and out; take down storm windows if you have them, and wash and install window screens and window coverings.
3.†† INTERIOR HOUSE CHECK:
Arrange for an annual check-up of your cooling system, before the summer rush.
Clean and, if necessary, replace your furnace air filter. If you didnít have it cleaned in the fall, schedule a furnace cleaning.
4.†† GARDEN, LANDSCAPE and PATIO TO DO's:
Clean and condition the barbecue to ready it for another season.
Coat your driveway with driveway sealer.
Clean and repair outdoor furniture.
Clean, sharpen, oil, and if desired, paint the handles on your garden tools
Bring out and mount your garden hose. Turn on outdoor faucets, once all danger of a freeze has passed, and test the hose; if there are any leaks, repair or replace the hose.
Give your lawn a spring boost. Lightly rake up leaf debris and dead grass left on the surface, and then apply a light application of spring fertilizer. Seed any bare spots, and then give it a good watering; the new lawn shoots will be thirsty.
Spring clean your garden. Lightly rake the beds, removing leaf debris and cutting down dead stalks from last year. Dig out any baby weeds, while theyíre small and easy to get at. Apply a couple of inches of compost, but do not mulch your beds until later in the spring, so the earth has a chance to warm up. Plant spring bulbs such as autumn crocus, dahlias and some lilies.
Trim shrubs and trees while they are still dormant.
If you get through this list you will be more ready to enjoy your home and keep it in great condition.
NEXT MONTHí S TOPIC?† LETíS TACKLE THAT OVER CROWDED GARAGE!
So there is still snow on the ground and not much yard work that can be done.† No cutting the grass, no adding wood chips to the gardens and trees, no watering the flowers, etc.† So what do you do?† Letís go INSIDE and check out some much needed areas in your home that need TLC.
What to check:
1)††††† SMOKE DETECTORS / CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR - there are test buttons on smoke detectors and most CM detectors. To make sure they work press the button to see if it works.† No sound, replace the batteries.† Replaced the batteries and still no sound? †Replace the smoke detector.
2)††††† RANGE HOOD FILERS - A dirty range hood filter will reduce the effectiveness of the range hood. This can INCREASE energy costs and also INCREASE the risk of grease fires.† Most range hood filters, if not too dirty can be added to your normal dishwasher load.† For really dirty filters you might have to try soaking the filter in grease cutter overnight and then pop it in the dishwasher.
3)††††† FIRE EXTINGUISGERS Ė O.K., are you still in the kitchen? Check in the closet or under the sink and tell us if there is a fire extinguisher there?† YES? Then letís check it out.† FIRST, letís check to see if you have the CORRECT fire extinguisher for a grease / kitchen fire.†
The older labelling system uses simple icons with an A, B or C designation to show which class or classes of fire it is safe to use a given extinguisher to fight.
The newer labelling system uses standard pictorial symbols which show the class or classes of fire for which the extinguisher is suited. The symbols identify the type of fire the extinguisher can be used for.
Class B Extinguishers should be used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as kitchen grease, gasoline, kerosene, paint, oil, etc.† Kitchen grease fires should never be extinguished by water.
Check to ensure your extinguisher is at the recommended operating pressure, indicated by the needle in the green zone on extinguishers equipped with a gauge. Have the extinguisher recharged if the needle is not in the green zone of the gauge.
†The Toronto City Fire Department has some great additional information on proper use and safety for extingshing fires.† Here is the link for some great tips:
All in all these 3 quick maintenance tips took about 15-25 minutes but will go a far way to helping reduce energy costs,†minimize the risk of home damage in the future, adn increase the safety at and around the home.
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