8 Must-Do Spring Cleaning Projects

Spring has sprung and we’ve asked the pros at Flyhomes Crew for their spring cleaning tips. Whether you’re living in a home you love or getting ready to list it, taking care of these 8 projects will give you a fresh start on the season.

Outdoors

1 – Clean the roof

Moss on roof

The dark spots that show up on your roof are algae, lichen, and moss. They can cause shingle damage and wood rot. Cleaning your roof not only makes it look better, it can extend the life of the roof.

While roof cleaning can be a DIY project, it’s one we recommend leaving to the pros because they’ll do a thorough job with equipment that won’t damage the roof material like a standard pressure washer might.

2 – Check and clean gutters

Gutter cleaning

Gutters do the important job of keeping water away from your roof and funneling it away from your siding. Beyond the obvious clogging from leaves and debris, gutters can be damaged by harder-to-see holes, corrosion, and loose or bent fasteners.

Spring is a great time to flush gutters with a garden hose or invest in a gutter cleaning tool. While you’re clearing out the gutters, be sure to check for damage and replace fasteners as needed.

3 – Pressure wash the driveway

Power washing driveway

Dirt, mildew, and grease build up on your driveway and walkways throughout the year. The stains they cause aren’t only an eyesore, they can weaken your surfaces over time. Pressure washing in the spring will make your surfaces like new.

If you’re going to pressure wash on your own, be sure to follow instructions for your type of surface to avoid causing damage—pressure washers are powerful!

4 – Tidy to avoid siding damage

Avoiding siding damage

All kinds of debris and dirt can end up next to your home after the winter, and trees and shrubs can grow too close to to your siding.

In the spring, walk around the perimeter of your home and make sure nothing comes within 6 inches of your home to avoid damage from rot, scraping, wearing away, and cracks.

Indoors

1 – Clean dryer vents

Cleaning dryer vent

Dryer vents should be cleaned at least once a year because they trap highly flammable lint. Fire departments respond to thousands of incidents caused by washing machines and dryers (about 15,970 between 2010 and 2014, according to the National Fire Prevention Association), with most of the fires being related to the dryer … and one-third of those caused by not cleaning.

Cleaning the vent will also allow your dryer to dry your clothes in one cycle versus multiple when it’s hampered by a dirty vent. This efficiency will help prevent wear and tear, and even keep your utility bills lower.

There are multiple ways to clean your vent and the best one may depend on your particular dryer. Often, a standard vacuum cleaner hose is all you need to get the job done. Remember to clean behind and around the dryer too, not only in the vent.

2 – Replace smoke alarm batteries

Replacing smoke alarm batteries

The National Fire Prevention Association says smoke alarms with any battery other than a non-replaceable 10-year battery must be changed once a year.

If you hear a beep signalling the need for a new battery, change it right away, and it’s smart to change all of the detectors in your home at that point as well. Otherwise, we recommend making this part of your spring cleaning every year.

3 – Drain the water heater

Draining water heater

The naturally occurring minerals in the water that fills your water heater (gas or electric) can settle in the tank along with other dirt and debris that needs to be flushed out. In most areas, one draining a year is enough to keep your hot water flowing, but more may be required in areas with particularly “hard” water.  

You can hire a pro to drain your water heater or tackle it yourself with detailed directions such as these steps from the DIY Network.

4 – Change or clean furnace filter

Changing furnace filter

Taking care of your furnace filter is a simple way to maintain healthy air quality in your home, extend the life of your HVAC unit, avoid malfunctions, and even keep your energy costs down.

A forced-air furnace may use a disposable filter or a permanent one. In either case, it’s important to check on the filter every 2 months to be sure the filter is in good condition. We recommend using spring as a reminder of this routine and as the one time a year when you know you’ll either replace or clean the filter so the checks the rest of the year are likely to be quick and easy.


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