Household Tasks for Spring
· After consulting your hot water tank owner’s manual, carefully test the temperature and pressure relief valve to ensure it is not stuck. Caution: This test may release hot water that can cause burns.
· Continue to clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season.
· Service and clean fireplace or wood stove and chimney as needed.
· Furnace Humidifier: shut down, drain and clean, and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
· Switch on power to air conditioning (at electrical panel) and check system. Have it serviced every two or three years.
· If applicable, clean or replace air-conditioning filter.
· Drain dehumidifier and clean, if necessary.
· Have well water tested for quality. It is recommended that you test for bacteria every six months.
· Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and security alarms, if applicable.
· Clean windows, screens and hardware, and replace storm windows with screens.
· Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed.
· Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair as required. Consult a foundation specialist to repair cracks properly.
· Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in. Ensure discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation.
· Re-level any exterior steps or decks that moved as a result of frost or settling.
· Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests, such as bats and squirrels.
· Check eaves trough and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any obstructions, and ensure water flows away from your foundation.
· Allow wood fences to dry adequately then paint and repair if necessary.
· Undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees.