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Spring Maintenance

Kirk April 11, 2010 User blog:Kirk

Things to do, if you haven't already:

  1. Check & clean the gutters. You may find that the gutter has picked up a leak over the winter. If so, it's time to drop by your local hardware store for something to patch it up with.
  2. If you're like me, the yard has had a chance to become a bit overgrown and cluttered with debris. Now is a good time to clear things up before they have a chance to get out of control. This is especially important if you happen to be living in a fire hazard zone.
  3. In connection with item 2, make sure you know where your garden tools are, and that they are in good working order. Fix or replace anything that is damaged, because gardening is probably going to be an issue for the next six months.
  4. Got Fruit Trees? Now is a good time to be pruning them. Otherwise you are more than likely to get way more fruit than you can handle.
  5. Air conditioner – if you got one, test to make sure it is still in working correctly. Don't wait for a hot day to find out that it needs fixing.
  6. One of the unfortunate realities of modern life is that winter tends to be a good time for accumulating indoor pollution. So when the temperature gets warm enough, air out the place by opening up your windows. A few hours should be enough to clear out whatever toxic gases may be around.
  7. Mold. While airing the place out, give your inside walls a quick look. Especially those walls that have been covered by furniture. In many climates, walls separating the home from the outdoors can be vulnerable to developing mold during the winter. This is especially true if something like a sofa or a bed has been put against it. Should you find any, you will need to clean it off with bleach.

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