3 Spring Maintenance Items That Most Homeowners Never Do
Most homeowners are familiar with the extra maintenance their homes require when the weather turns friendlier
and they have shaken off their winter-induced grogginess. How could we forget when there are billions of dollars to be made on home improvement/maintenance products and we are inundated with advertising for things like weed killer, ladders, and power washers. Not to mention the fact that when we clean the window screens and power wash the house, we love the way our home glitters. But, the fact is, that there are some very important home maintenance tasks that some people forget to do every year and others have never even heard of before. If these items aren’t on your spring maintenance list, add them, you’ll be glad you did.
* Drain your water heater.
Many people aren’t aware of the fact that many of the minerals in the water, not to mention sand and other grit from water lines, can build up in the bottom of the water heater tank. This sediment may cause damage and/or possible failure of the unit. To extend the life of your water heater and possibly lower your energy bills, it is recommended to drain your water heater at least once every year.
* Lubricate the garage door springs.
No, this does not mean to grab your fix-it-all can of WD-40. It is actually advised to use a silicone spray or white lithium grease, and there are plenty of products out there marketed specifically for garage doors. It is important to make sure you do not lubricate or grease the tracks on which the door travels. These can simply be wiped clean with a rag.
* Check boats, automobiles, and yard equipment for mice nests.
We hate to admit it, but living in the Lowcountry we all have to contend with a rodent or two at some point in time. These little creatures often leave trails of their breaking-and-entering, however, sometimes it is impossible to figure out where they have gone! A good idea when it comes time to start mowing the lawn again and getting the boat ready for the water is to do a quick inspection for signs that something has set up camp over the winter. Mice often seek enclosed places to stay in the winter and after they chew through all the wiring in your beloved car, they will add insult to injury and build a nest where their babies can stay warm. As much as you may want to applaud their parenting skills, it’s a good idea to inspect engine compartments of cars and boats, and the nooks and crannies of all electrical and gas powered equipment. Of course, be aware that these are not the only places that rodents like to nest, just some that we tend to forget and can be an unnecessary expense.
Although your regular spring maintenance list is probably long enough already, these items won’t take long to include and could save you from some costly repairs or replacements. If you have had an interesting experience with any of these items, please, share it with us by commenting.
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