Spring Home Maintenance Plan
Can you smell it? Spring is in the air. Time to get out the BBQ, fertilize the yard, and prepare for summer fun! Spring is also a good time for some upkeep around the house. These spring projects can help you maintain the value and quality of your beautiful home.
Flush Your Water Heater
Have you ever taken a shower and all the sudden the water turns ice cold? It’s not a fun experience! Over time minerals and other debris build up in your water heater which causes your system to lose efficiency, and sometimes even malfunction. It’s recommended that you drain and flush your water heater at least once a year. Doing so can extend the life of your water heater, and help you avoid those freezing showers. It’s a pretty simple process, just follow these steps:
1. Turn off your water heater’s gas or electricity.
2. Shut off the cold water supply that leads into the water heater.
3. Turn on the hot water in a nearby faucet and leave it open while you drain the water heater.
4. Attach a hose to your water heater’s drain valve and place the other end in a good drainage area.
5. Open the drain valve to drain the water heater tank. Be cautious because the water will be extremely hot unless you give it time to cool down first.
6. Flush the remaining sediment out of your tank by opening and closing the cold water supply several times until the water appears clean.
7. Close the drain valve and remove the hose.
8. Fill your water heater's tank and remember to leave a nearby faucet open until all of the air bubbles are removed.
9. Turn on the gas or electricity to your tank. While turning on the water heater, set the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. That temperature will give you water that’s plenty hot, but help you save on your energy bill.
For more details on flushing your water heater, watch this instructional video
Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
Every winter fresh snow pulls all the debris from your roof right into your rain gutter and downspouts. The leftover leaves from last fall combined with a bunch of other gunk can pile up and create problems when those April showers, or other rain storms, come. To prevent problems throughout the summer; clean out your gutters and down spouts, flush them with water, and then tighten any lose joints or screws.
Touch up Peeling Paint
Besides being an eye sore, peeling paint is bad for a few reasons. First off, it allows spring rains and summer dew to damage any exposed wood, which can lead to bigger problems in the future. Peeling paint can also be an issue if you try to sell your home. An appraisal will typically require you to fix any peeling paint before you can finalize the sale of your home. Take a few minutes to sand, clean, and repaint any peeling paint this spring. It will help you keep your home in good shape and could save you money down the road.