Winter is on its way out and the long-awaited spring weather is being ushered in. Before you crank up the A/C and relax in the cool comfort of your home, it is a good idea to prepare your home for the season’s demands. Spring preparation is vital in order to keep your home in tip-top shape for the upcoming months, and if you are not ready, you could be caught off guard. The best way to ensure your home is ready is to create a spring cleaning checklist. Today we would like to offer some tips that will help ensure you have a trouble-free seasonal transition.

Plumbing

Sump Pumps – We have all heard that “April Showers bring May flowers”; however, if your sump pump is not in good working order, you could end up with a flooded basement. You can test your pump by removing the lid and pouring water into the crock. If the pump is working, you should hear it switch on. If it fails the water test, call a plumber for a replacement.

Pipe Inspection – Cold weather can cause cracking in exposed pipes. Make sure that any exposed pipes are free of any cracks, leaks or condensation. Also, inspect areas in your home where pipes are behind the walls for any condensation as this is a sign of a leaky pipe.

Water Heater – Make sure there is no leaking or condensation build-up on or around your water heater. It would also be a good time to drain and refill your water heater. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, call your local plumber. 

Outdoor Hose / Bib – The cold weather can be hard on your hose and bib. Check for any cracks or leaks and replace if necessary.

HVAC

Filters – It’s always a good idea to start the new season with a new filter. Changing your filter is quick and easy; for a breakdown on the different types of filters, check out our Air Quality post for instructions

Duct Cleaning – After months of having your windows shut, your ducts collect all kinds of dust and dander. Those contaminants can cause common colds and worsen the symptoms of those that suffer from allergies and asthma. Remember, not all duct cleanings are equal.

Outdoor Unit – Make sure your outdoor unit is clear of any debris and obstructions. Things like leaves and branches built up around your unit can impede its performance.

These are just a few simple tips to help you get ready for the spring season. Want a more in-depth look at your home’s systems and appliances? Call Michael & Son today for our signature whole home inspection. Michael & Son Services is one of the largest providers of HVAC and plumbing services in the region. We offer a wide range of products from top-rated manufacturers as well as comprehensive maintenance plans. If you would like more information regarding Michael & Son’s HVAC and plumbing services, contact us today. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to find out about special offers, upcoming events and much more!