10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips
As winters leaves and the beautiful warmth of spring arrives, savvy homeowners often turn their attention to general home maintenance tasks. Here are twelve spring home maintenance tips.

Inspect Your Roof
Inspect your roof and examine shingles. Replace shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose.

Wash Windows and Examine Seals
Spring is a great time to wash all your windows, inside and out. Also, during this time, examine the seals and frames for any potential issues.
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Check the Gutters
Check for any gutter issues. Loose or leaky gutters should be repaired to insure proper drainage, directing melting snow and rain from your roof and home. If water doesn’t drain properly it can lead to unwanted and expensive water damage. In addition, make sure downspouts are clear and free of debris, and drain away from the foundation. If necessary, have your gutters professionally cleaned.

Clean Vents and Air Ducts
Take time to clean all your air vents and air ducts. This will help with air quality, energy efficiency and general overall home health conditions.

Replace Smoke Detector Batteries
Experts recommend replacing smoke detector batteries in the fall and spring. Along with changing the batteries, it’s a good idea to test each detector to ensure it’s working properly.

Clean or Replace HVAC Filters
Spring is a great time to clean or replace HVAC filters. Dirty filters will force your home’s heat, ventilation and air-conditioning system to work harder, increasing your energy bill.

Yard Clean Up
Clean up yard debris (lose branches, leaves, ect). Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures.

Check Deck and Porches
Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration. List and prioritize any needed repairs.

Clean and Repair Window Screens

For many homeowners, it’s possible to keep your house cool in the summer by opening the windows (at least at night). After inspecting your screens, clean your them on a flat surface with soapy water. Patch any holes or replace the screen.

Pressure Wash Surfaces and Inspect
Pressure wash decks, driveways, fence and other outside surfaces. Subsequently, inspect services for any issues or damage. Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing.

Some homeowners save time and money by hiring a professional company, such as My Window Washing, for window washing, gutter cleaning and pressure washing.

Why Is Gutter Cleaning So Important?

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Why Is Gutter Cleaning So Important?
Gutters are integral to the proper function of your home. They control water flow, protect the roof, foundation and walls. However, if they are not properly cared for, your gutters can cause numerous issues. Debris clogged gutters can lead to leaky roofs, water damage, foundation issues, and more. Ignoring your gutters can end up financially draining homeowners. Consequently, taking the time to clean out and maintain your gutters will protect your home and wallet.

How Often?
In general, it’s a good idea to clean and check your gutters twice a year: Spring and Fall. However, if your home is surrounded by trees with frequently falling leaves and twigs, you may need to clean your gutters every four months. Along with cleaning out the gutter gunk, it’s essential to have a professional clean your home’s downspouts as well. Otherwise, it can be difficult for the rain to properly drain, which ultimately can damage your home.

Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?
Most homeowners can clean gutters themselves, it can be time consuming and dangerous. It will require taking precautions to ensure optimal ladder safety. A professional will remove all debris from gutters and downspouts, while checking for any issues. The cost of gutter cleaning varies depending on height of home, length of gutters, and other factors.

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12 EARLY FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS

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1. Generally Clean Up & Repairs
Clean yard and walk around home. Remove debris, stow mower, remove garden hoses, put a way drain system, rake yard, and so on. Look for signs of any repair needs. If possible, fix identified issues before weather hits.

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A Brief History on Windows

It’s hard to imagine a time when homes didn’t have glass windows. In many ways, these glass pane creations are one of the most expressive and functional features of a home. Windows serve to provide light, thermal protection, ventilation, aesthetics, noise control and more.

A Brief History

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Homeownership 101- Window, Gutter and Pressure Cleaning

A window wash, power wash, gutter cleaning

Your home is a big investment. Given this, when was the last time you washed your windows, cleaned out your gutter and pressure washed your home’s exterior surfaces? Regular window, gutter, and pressure cleanings is a vital part of home maintenance. These cleanings help to protect your home’s value, appearance and function, while minimizing costly repairs down the road. Unfortunately, cleaning windows, gutters and pressure washing are time consuming tasks and, for some, it may seem downright daunting. Not surprisingly, many savvy home owners save time and hassle by hiring highly reputable companies that offers all three services at cost-effective rates, such as Window Washing, Inc.

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5 Window Maintenance Tips

Window Maintanance

Window maintenance is an essential part of homeownership. Proper care is necessary to ensure windows operate at their best. Keeping them clean and in good condition will enhance your home’s appearance, protect energy-saving benefits and minimize replacement costs. Windows often battle weather conditions, fluctuating temperatures, ultraviolet light, high winds, rain, dirt, and more. Over time, this takes a toll. However, with regular care you can reduce damages. Below are some window maintenance tips.

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Clean Your Gutters Now or Pay Later

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Only a well functioning gutter system can protect your home from water damage. When gutters and downspouts are filled with debris and/or clogged, they do not perform correctly. Water can back up, become misdirected and damage your roof, basement, foundation, roof, fascia, soffits, paint and siding. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to spot the damage until it’s too late.

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