Spring is just on its way in New England! Prepare yourself for a clean-up after a long, dreadful winter. Since there is so much to do inside and outside your home, it’s easy for some chores to slip through the cracks. Follow our spring preparation check list to stay organized and prepared!
- Check the outside hose bibs and faucets. Sometimes hose bibs freezes during the winter causing a crack in the pipe from the faucet. This triggers the water to back up into the pipe and leak into the basement when you connect a garden hose.
- Check the sump pump. Spring is a rainy season, so make sure your flood guardian is working properly. To test the pump, pour some water into the crock and observe the switch. It should turn on and begin pumping water from the crock. Wait until the water pumps from the crock and ensure the pump turns itself off. If this does not occur, it means your sump pump is not working properly and you should contact a plumber immediately.
- Check your gutters and downspouts. Throughout the winter, debris buildup can lead to clogs, causing water damage, mold growth, and costly leaks. When the downspout fails to carry the rainwater away from the foundation, this creates a hydrostatic pressure. When saturated soil laden with water, it seeks to relieve that pressure by forcing air into foundations. When rain gutter downspouts pool against the foundation, you’re most likely in for a flooded basement.
- Increase air circulation. Most heating and cooling systems do not circulate fresh air into your home. Keep your home well-ventilated by using window or attic fans as well as kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
- Get a spring tune-up for your AC system. Test the system, remove dust, leaves and mud collected on the outside unit, clean the coils, and change the filters. At Winters Home Services, our tune up is only $99!
- Invest on a programmable thermostat. While you may be putting off on getting a programmable thermostat since the winter months are almost over, it is just as usable during the summer months for your air conditioner. Programming your temperature will ensure proper temperatures at all times without wasting energy by simply “forgetting” to adjust it. You could even get a free (rebate through Mass Save) smart phone programmable thermostat through our membership for just $99 dollars a year!
- Clean the showerhead. Minerals from water can cause a buildup of deposits all around your showerhead over time, causing it to clog and not function properly. Simply use vinegar to remove the deposit and you’ll have a brand-new shower head! Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and secure it around the showerhead with a rubber band. The deposits should be gone after soaking it overnight.
- Check your water heater. It is important to drain a few gallons and flush away sediment that builds inside the tank. The sediment causes corrosion and lowers efficiency! This will ensure your water heater ready to go in the spring.
- Check batteries in smoke alarms. This is an easy but forgettable one! Fire safety includes doing a battery check every six months.
- Check refrigerator filter. If you have a refrigerator with an icemaker or a water dispenser, check the filter to ensure it is not due for a replacement.
Need service? Contact Winters Home Services as soon as possible to schedule a $29 estimate with a Boston plumber. Emergency services available!