April showers bring May flowers, but beware of mold in gutters (and other potential troubles)! It’s time for spring preparations. Here are 5 important (and cheap and easy) tips:
1. Clean out your gutters.
Whether or not you did this in the fall, check to be sure your gutters are free of debris. Debris trapped in gutters can break down in spring down pours becoming mud, clogging drainpipes. Clogged and water-full gutters can become very heavy and begin to pull away from the house.
2. Prep your A/C unit.
If you use an A/C cover to keep leaves and debris out of you’re unit during the winter, take it off before you turn it on. This is an easy “oops” worth avoiding!
3. Replace your furnace filter.
Replacing your furnace filter – even as the summer is coming and use of heating systems goes down – will keep your A/C unit and furnace running efficiently as temperatures fluctuate in the temperamental spring and early summer.
4. Service your lawn mower and weed-whacker.
Depending on the type of lawn mower you have, be sure to check condition and level of oil, if blades are sharp and that the undercarriage and clippings basket are clean. Clean your weed-whacker of debris from last season’s trimming; lubricate rotating head and replace if it doesn’t function properly. Also replenish string as needed.
5. Check your sprinkler irrigation system for proper functioning.
Check that sprinkler heads properly adjusted to water plants and grass, not your sidewalks or driveways. Replace broken sprinkler heads if needed. And check to see if your city or county requires an annual backflow prevention inspection; if so, contact the appropriate utility or testing company for an inspection (for example, see Seattle Public Utilities information on backflow prevention).