A few home maintenance things to do while you’re spring cleaning.
- Inspect, and possibly change out HVAC filters. Manufacture of HVAC systems tell you to change your home air filter every month. This is more important for air conditioners than heating units. If the filter is dirty, change it out, otherwise inspect it again next month.
- Clean kitchen sink disposal. Put some vinegar in an ice tray and let it freeze, then run the ice cubes through the disposal. It cleans your disposal and the ice sharpens the blades.
- Inspect your home’s fire extinguisher(s). This inspection doesn’t require much: ensure it has easy access (not being blocked by a garbage can or anything else), that the gauge shows adequate pressure, and that it has no visible signs of wear and tear. By the way, putting out fires with an extinguisher is harder than you think. The key is to start in one corner of the fire and sweep back and forth moving forward until the fire is out.
- Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. This is pretty self-explanatory. Push the button. You’d be surprised how many I test that do not work.
- Test garage door auto-reverse feature. In the United States, at least 85 children have had permanent brain injury or have died since 1974 as a result of accidents involving automatic door openers. Place a 2×4 on the ground where the door would close. It should reverse after a second or so when the door hits the wood. Also, test the photo-electric sensors if you have them, you probably do this on accident occasionally. If the door doesn’t immediately go back up, you have a problem. Many of the safety pressure reverse systems I test would certainly kill a child or pet. Most are simply adjusted improperly. Something else I commonly see is mounting the photo eyes on the ceiling to bypass them. I don’t know why people do this but it is dangerous. Even if you don’t have kids don’t assume there will never be one near your garage.
- Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces. This mostly applies to guest bathrooms, or any other sinks/water sources you don’t use on a regular basis. The idea is to prevent grime or any other kind of build up. Regularly running a little bit of water through will prevent this.