• 07 May 2021

Is your home ready for spring?

As the days get longer and temperatures start to rise, we all need to make sure our homes are prepared and ready for the spring and summer months - inside and out. Here are some helpful hints and tips on how you can get your homes ready for the warmer months ahead.

  • Clean out your gutters 

Your gutters can get clogged with debris and leaves, especially during the autumn and if your gutters are close to trees. Cleaning your gutters regularly is an important part of home maintenance and it's important to know that any damp patches on the walls below may indicate blockages. Read more on how to care for your external drains here. 

  • Adjust your heating

Your central heating programmer may automatically adjust the time to accommodate the start and end of British Summer Time (BST). Please refer to the quick guide which will have been provided to you when you moved into your new home, on how to use and adjust your programmer. Not sure on how to use your heating programmer? Click here for more information. 

  • Routine alarm checks 

It is recommended that you test your smoke alarms every week by using the test button on the individual detectors. It is also recommended that your smoke and heat detectors are vacuum cleaned every week to ensure that they are dust free which will help ensure your protection from fire and smoke.

Your home may also be fitted with a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Some of these alarms have a lifespan of up to seven years, after which the unit will need changing because the batteries cannot be replaced. Please check your carbon monoxide user guide for details of this. Find more information on alarm checks here

  • Garden care

If you have turf in your home, it's important you allow it to bed in and become an established lawn which can take up to two years. Wait until roots stabilise in the soil before mowing. New turf takes at least one season to settle properly and when you do mow it, don't cut it too short. Spring is the time to start feeding your lawn, after the last frost, and continue this throughout the summer. For more helpful information on caring for your garden, click here. 



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