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The weather is getting warmer and that means that a lot of household’s will start Spring Cleaning! However Spring Cleaning goes beyond dusting and vacuuming. When is the last time you checked your smoke alarms or cleaned out your dryer vent?

Here’s some tips to get your family and home ready for a happy, clean spring season.

Clean Gutters
Grab a ladder, and check your gutters for debris. Remove as much as you can with your hands (Don’t forget to wear gloves!). Remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose.

Scrub Walls, Baseboards and Outlets
Scrub all the walls in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas with a sponge or brush and mild soap and water. This includes baseboards and outlets. Make sure to completely dry outlet covers before replacing.

Replace Filters
Replace all filters including water, range hood and air vent filters. You should replace these filters every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have.

Clean Faucets and Shower heads
Unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and showerheads, and soak them in equal parts vinegar and water solution. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water.

Clean Out the Dryer Vent
A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. To clean it, disconnect the vent from the back of the machine and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside your house, remove the dryer vent cover and use the brush to remove lint from the other end of the vent line. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.

Check Foundation Vents
A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mold growth, and they prevent critters from taking up residence underneath your home. The screens collect leaves and other debris from fall and winter. Spring is a great time to clean them out and check for damage. Clean the vents by hand or use a shop vacuum. Repair any damaged screens — critters can get through even the smallest holes.

Prep Your Garden
Spring means your garden will come alive. However you can’t have a successful garden without good soil. Follow these tips on how to prepare your soil to help you grow a lush garden.

Test Smoke Alarms
Testing smoke alarms is something that should be done on a regular basis.
Test smoke alarms and CO detectors, and change out batteries as needed. It’s cheap, only takes a few minutes and can save your family’s lives.

Clean Outdoor Furniture
The warm weather means that outdoor entertaining season is just around the corner. Make sure all your outdoor seating settings and BBQ’s are ready for your next social gathering.