Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist - Lee Company

Warm weather is here and you’re ready to invite friends and family over for a cookout or maybe a round of Cornhole on the lawn. Now is the time to make sure your home came through the winter without any hidden damage that can spoil your fun. Our spring home maintenance checklist will give you some places to start.

Enjoy the outdoors safely

Before you fire up your propane or natural gas grill, give it a thorough inspection. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) recommends looking for any loose connections or leaks in the gas line. Never use a propane cylinder if it shows dents, excessive rust, or other signs of damage.

HPBA suggests using a soap and water solution to check for gas leaks. If you see bubbles, turn off the gas and tighten the connections or replace faulty hoses. Check your owner’s manual for any additional maintenance requirements and advice.

For safety’s sake, inspect your outdoor electrical fixtures. Freezing and thawing can damage the watertight seals around fixtures and lead to short circuits.

The professionals at Lee Company are ready to help. Call us to schedule a visit from a member of our services team who can handle jobs around your home. Or sign up for a home maintenance plan. Our trained technicians will visit your home four times a year to inspect your HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Beyond the patio: maintaining your lawn 

Beyond everything that goes into a backyard makeover, the grass is going to grow all summer long. Cutting grass with a lawn mower that isn’t in top condition can be an unpleasant chore. Here are some DIY tips to keep your gas-powered lawnmower working reliably. Remember to always disconnect the spark plug before working on your mower.

If your mower is hard to start, Angi, the home maintenance website formerly known as Angie’s List, recommends changing the spark plug. All it takes is a wrench. Just remember not to over-tighten the new plug.

Sharpening the blade will keep your grass looking good. A dull blade can tear grass or pull it out. If you’re not an experienced DIY-er, you may want to take the mower to a shop or call a mobile service.

Changing the oil annually can help keep your lawn mower running smoothly. If your mower has drain plugs beneath the oil tank, remove them and let the oil flow out. If your lawnmower doesn’t have drain plugs, turn it on its side and let the oil drain out through the fill hole. Use a dishpan or a paint roller tray to catch the oil.

Replace the drain plugs or turn the lawn mower right side up. Refill the oil tank with the type of oil recommended by your owner’s manual. Lawn equipment oil is easy to find at hardware stores and big-box stores.

Remember to properly dispose of used oil by taking it to a local recycling center. Never pour used oil down a drain or on the ground.

It’s a good idea to clean or change your mower’s air filter, too. This improves the efficiency of the engine. Check your owner’s manual for instructions.

Seasonal maintenance and your air conditioner

The professionals at Lee Company know the importance of regular AC maintenance. Regularly scheduled inspections can spot problems before they turn into major inconveniences. We offer an annual comprehensive AC maintenance tune-up to clean the equipment and search for signs of problems. Call us today to keep your air conditioner running at its best.

As the homeowner, you’ll want to examine the area around the outdoor condenser unit and remove any shrubs or branches that could block airflow.

Gutters and downspouts

Seasonal rainfall makes gutters and downspouts a priority. Clogged gutters can lead to flooded basements and cracked foundations. A gutter inspection will let you know if any debris will block the water flow.

If you don’t feel comfortable climbing high on a ladder or are just too busy, Lee Company can help. We offer home maintenance and handyman services that can tackle just about any job around your home.

Let in fresh air, not bugs

It’s refreshing to open the window and enjoy the Tennessee morning air. However, if your screens are damaged, you might let in outdoor pests like flies and mosquitos. It’s easy to visually inspect the screens in your home. A patch kit can quickly repair minor damage, but a larger hole requires professional repair.

Improve your energy efficiency

Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home can cut cooling costs, increase comfort and create a healthier indoor environment. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends checking the caulking and weather stripping around your doors and windows. Lee Company’s handyman services team is ready to help.

Plumbing and your home maintenance checklist

You’ll want to examine your outdoor fixtures for leaks or other winter damage. We think this check should be part of a regular examination of all your plumbing fixtures. Stopping small leaks lowers your water bill and prevents hidden water damage.

If you have a sprinkler system for your lawn, you’ll want to be sure it survived the winter without any damage. Bob Vila, who hosted television’s This Old House and other home improvement shows, recommends cleaning the sprinkler heads, looking for leaks, and checking the wiring. Water and electricity don’t mix, so it’s a good idea to call a professional who knows their way around plumbing and electrical wiring.

Home maintenance plan from lee company

At Lee Company, our experienced technicians can remove the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC tasks from your spring to-do list. If you sign up for our home maintenance plan, our technicians will visit your house four times a year to keep your home running smoothly. Call us today for the best home services in the south.

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