The mixed signals of typical Minnesota “spring” looks like it’s finally made up its mind and is going full force into Summer temps. That means it’s time to stop dragging your heals and tackle any spring chores around the house that you may have been putting off.
According to a spring cleaning survey from the American Cleaning Institute, 72 percent of households engage in some form of spring cleaning. The tradition dates back centuries and is a hallmark of Jewish, Iranian and Chinese cultures.
The Chinese little New Year, known as Xiaonian, is designed to symbolically rid their home of negativity and lingering spirits. Rid your home of negativity with this spring home maintenance routine inside and out:
Be sure and look at your roof for any shingle shifts, cracks, or missing shingles. If you have a masonry chimney, check the joints are secure and free of efflorescence—a white calcium-like deposit that indicates your joints are absorbing water.
Look for trouble spots on your exterior walls and foundation and take a close look for any leakage or cracks around your windows.
Speaking of windows, spring clean them inside and out with a store bought or homemade cleaner and either a squeegee or soft cloth. Vacuum or rinse the screens too. Take a peek at your attic and search for signs that indicate critters and insects have colonized. Also, search for mold in the form of gray or black blotches.
Dampness in your basement may suggest higher than normal relative humidity, inadequate ventilation and the need for a dehumidifier, but ask a professional to be sure.
Spring is a good time to check for leaky faucets, clogged drains and sweaty pipes. Check under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, laundry room area or hot water heater to spot signs of corrosion or leaks.
Any negative findings you may uncover inside or out, ask a professional to help you navigate the situation or problem solve if needed.
With these simple tips, you will be in the spring swing of things ready to welcome warmer months ahead.