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Your Drain Service In Los Angeles And Spring Maintenance

After a long and dark winter, spring is a breath of fresh air. Spring is wonderful, we can all agree on that, but there is a downside. With the longer days, it is easy to see the flaws in and around your home. For example, your gutters are filled with leaves, your trim could use a coat of paint and there are dead plants in your yard.

It’s only February, but now is a good time to start creating a spring maintenance list, a long one.

In all honesty, it isn’t always easy being the owner of a house. It seems like when you finish one project, something else comes up that needs repaired or tended to. If the HVAC system is purring smoothly, you have issues with the plumbing. It’s always something.

Maintaining a home is more than just dusting, vacuuming and mowing. And you can’t afford to have somebody come in and do the maintenance for you. Which means that you need to take the time to get things accomplished. And by the way, when was the last time you checked the smoke detectors?

You need to complete several tasks to ensure a safe and trouble-free household. American Drain Company, your drain service in Los Angeles, offers spring maintenance tips.

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CHECK LAWN EQUIPMENT

Check all of your power equipment to ensure that it is ready to roll this summer. You might even want to have your mower blade sharpened.

It’s no fun attempting to start the lawnmower for the first trim of the year to no avail. The same holds true with all of the other gadgets you use in the yard including the weed trimmer and rototiller.

It makes sense to check all of these out before summer to ensure they all work well.

SERVICE YOUR AC

Spring is the perfect time of year to have your AC serviced. Having an HVAC professional look over the system lessens the chances of a breakdown in the middle of a heatwave. You will sleep better at night knowing your AC is good to go for another season.

CLEAN THE DISPOSAL

Try not to think about all of the foods and other materials you crammed down your drain over the winter. Whenever you clean out your refrigerator, the disposal gets filled with rotting lettuce, moldy cheese and sour milk.

Cleaning your garbage disposal is quite an easy task, all you need to do is feed it ice cubes while running cold water. There are also tablets you can purchase that will clean it out. You might want to drop lemon or orange peels down the disposal to give off a pleasant odor.

REPLACE FILTERS

There are probably all sorts of filters around your home that should be replaced in the spring. Any HVAC filters you might have should definitely be replaced. And if you have a kitchen hood, that filter should be replaced or cleaned as well as the water filter in your refrigerator.

Speaking of refrigerators, you should clean the coil this spring as well. In fact, you should pull that refrigerator out and sweep and mop under it, it gets pretty gross under there.

CLEAN THE SIDING

You can greatly improve the look of your home by simply cleaning up the siding. And while you are in the midst of this task, check for any damage that may have occurred over the winter.

CLEAN THE DRYER VENT

A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. Disconnect the dryer vent and use a vent brush to remove dirt and debris. You will then need to go outside and check your dryer vent cover to ensure it opens and closed properly.

CLEAN THE GRILL

Spring is the right time of year to scrub down your outdoor grill. It has probably been a year since it was last cleaned.

TEST ALARMS

Test all of the smoke detectors and CO detectors in your home. You need to replace the batteries as necessary. If you have any alarms that are 10 years old or older, those should be replaced right away.

TRIM OVERGROWTH

Spring is the right time of year to trim the trees and shrubbery on your property. You will want to get an early start on this task before the leaves fill out and make the job more difficult.

Make sure your tree and shrub branches are at least five feet away from your house so they can’t conduct moisture on your roof or siding.

CLEAN THE GUTTERS

You may have cleaned your gutters in the fall, but if you were to check them right now, you will notice that they need to be cleaned again. Gutter cleaning is a task that should be done at least twice a year.

And if you notice a plumbing leak while doing any of these tasks, give American Drain Company a call.