Now that spring has sprung, it’s a good time to organize and clean your home. Spring cleaning is a common practice, as it’s normal for your home to collect dust over the winter. But there’s more to spring cleaning than simply tidying up your home. It’s important to evaluate its safety as well. ServiceMaster of Baltimore is here to remind you of some simple spring cleaning tips for home safety.
Vacuum Your Dryer
Dryer lint traps accumulate flammable lint particles every time you run your dryer. Because of this, simply cleaning the lint trap after each load isn’t enough. A clogged dryer vent can lead to a house fire. Cleaning the vent can be done by using a vacuum hose attachment that’s long and flexible to get inside where your hands can’t reach. While you’re at it, take a moment to clean around the appliance to get rid of any dust and cobwebs.
Cleaning your dryer should be done more often than just during your spring cleaning for home safety. Consider doing so at the start of each season. You should also consider getting your dryer vent cleaned professionally every six to 12 months.
Check Your Furnace
You should be checking your furnace filter on a regular basis. If you haven’t been, it’s a good time to check if it needs to be replaced during your spring cleaning for home safety. This will help ensure the appliance stays in working condition. Additionally, make sure the area around your gas furnace is free from combustible items. This includes paper, paint, and fuel, among other things. It’s also a good idea to call a professional to tune up your furnace in preparation for the approaching season of warmer weather. Regular furnace maintenance can prevent house fires.
Clean Your Chimney
If your home has a fireplace, you likely had some fires over the winter months. During your spring cleaning for home safety, it’s a good idea to schedule a chimney sweep. This can prevent fires, carbon monoxide accidents, as well as discover any structural issues.
Change Your Batteries
While you’re checking up on items around your home, be sure to include the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You’ll want to make sure that every detector in your home has new batteries. This ensures that they are working properly and can alert you in case of a fire. It’s also a good idea to remind everyone in your home of fire safety in case there’s an emergency.
Fire Damage Cleanup Services
ServiceMaster of Baltimore understands that experiencing fire and/or smoke damage can be difficult. But we’re here to help. We have years of experience in returning homes and offices back to their pre-loss condition, making us the best choice for emergency services.
ServiceMaster works with all major insurance companies for fire and smoke damage. We have certified licensed restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us today at 410-780-1700.