11 Essentials for Your Spring Maintenance Checklist
These jobs are best done during warm months, so make them part of your regular spring home maintenance routine.
Clean Air Conditioner Condensers and Evaporators
Re-Paint the Front Door
Repair Rotted Wood
Sharpen Garden Tools
Check Your Deck
Patch Driveway Cracks
Clean Weep Holes
Tune Up the Lawn Mower
Test and Replace the Batteries in Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors have a lifespan of 10 years, so look for a ‘replace by’ sticker or date embossed on the inside of the unit to see if it needs to be replaced, even if it passes the chirp test. If you can’t find a date, replace it anyway immediately. On new detectors, make sure to write the ‘installed’ date on the inside cover on a piece of masking tape. Get all the info you need on installing smoke alarms here.
Tune-Up Outdoor Gas Grills
To service the burner assembly, unfasten the burner and disconnect the gas tubes from the gas lines. Lift out the whole unit and use a soft cloth and soapy water to clean the gas tubes and burner unit. Finally, clean the drip pan thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Get the full step-by-step grill tune-up instructions here.