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Maximizing Property Longevity: The Spring Cleaning Edition

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The arrival of spring signals the perfect opportunity to prioritize the health of your property. And the first step is thorough cleaning. It's time to rid your property of accumulated dirt, dust, and other pollutant not only to enhance the appearance of your property but also to contribute to a healthier environment for all the residents. 

We have curated some essential maintenance tasks to knock off your property spring cleaning. 


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  • Clean Your Gutters: Throughout winter, debris like leaves and dirt may have accumulated, potentially obstructing proper drainage. It's essential to confirm that your gutters are free from obstructions and functioning correctly. Depending on the size of your property, you may need to work with professional services for this task. The main goal remains consistent: ensure your gutters are thoroughly cleaned. For leaves on the ground, consider using a mulching mower for efficient management. 

  • Check Your Roof: Take a thorough look at your roof to identify any visible indications of issues. It's crucial to address any signs of damage or deterioration that might have occurred during the winter promptly to prevent them from escalating into more serious problems later on. remember to assess your siding too, if it's part of your property. 

  • Pressure-wash Your Exterior: Winter's strong winds and snowfall often leave your property appearing soiled. Pressure washing can serve as an effective solution to breathe new life into its appearance. Make sure to exercise caution by carefully adhering to safety guidelines. 


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  • Inspect the Crawl Space: Prior to entering the crawl space, conduct a thorough check for insects or signs of water leakage. We highly recommended to dress appropriately with coveralls, a facemask, kneepads, and a well-charged flashlight to ensure your safety and ease of inspection. Unless a sump pump is installed to mitigate flooding, there shouldn't be any water accumulation in the crawl space. Don't forget to examine the wood for any indications of water damage. 

  • Change Furnace Filters: Springtime marks the perfect moment to install new furnace filters. These affordable components are highly effective for ensuring optimal performance from your heating system. 

  • Replace Smoke & Carbon Dioxide Detector Batteries: Although guidelines may differ for each detector, the standard advice is to swap out the batteries in smoke detectors during both spring and fall (Hint: You can change batteries when Daylight Saving Time begins or ends). Smoke and carbon dioxide detectors serve as essential safety measures that can prove invaluable during unexpected emergencies. 

  • Flush the Water Heater: This task may seem more intimidating than other things. However, this particular job is essential for maintaining your water heater's efficiency and lifespan. Generally speaking, sediment settles at the tank's bottom, which can be eliminated through a flushing process. If you're unsure about tackling this task yourself, we recommend seeking professional assistance to ensure optimal performance and safety. 


Bonus: Don't Forget Your Trees! 

Trees play a pivotal role in our ecosystem, providing us with oxygen, shelter, and visual appeal. However, ensuring their safety and vitality requires regular maintenance. Neglecting to trim trees and shrubs in proximity to your property can pose risks, such as fire hazards. 

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  • Always Safety First: Tree trimming can be a hazardous task, especially when working with tall or mature trees. Make sure we wear protective gear such as gloves, safety glasses, and sturdy footwear. If the job requires working at heights or near power lines, we strongly advise hiring a professional tree service with the expertise and equipment. 

  • Timing, Technique, and Tools: Timing is critical when it comes to spring tree trimming. It's best to wait until the threat of frost has fully passed and trees have begun to leaf out. When trimming, you need to remove branches that pose safety hazards or hinder the tree's overall health and growth. Use sharp, clean pruning tools and make precise cuts to minimize damage and promote rapid healing. 

  • Think Green: Consider the environmental impact. Over-pruning should be avoided to prevent stressing the tree and leaving it prone to disease or pest infestations. Make sure to dispose of trimmings and debris responsibly to minimize the risk of spreading invasive species or pathogens. 

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