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Getting Your Home Ready for Spring | Spring Maintenance Tips

by ripleypr on April 4, 2016

As homeowners in the Roanoke, VA area start to think about spring, they need to remember that spring cleaning shouldn’t just include clothes and gardening; spring is also a perfect time to think about cleaning, repairing and readying your home for the hot summer months ahead.

How do you get your home ready for spring and summer? Southern Trust is proud to offer these tips for our friends that live in Roanoke and the New River Valley:

Outdoor Spring Maintenance:

Check Your Gutters: Snow, ice and the cold winter months can wreak havoc on your gutters, which can cause drainage issues in your basement or crawl space. Clean your gutters by removing debris, check for loose connections or leaks and make sure that your downspouts drain away from the foundation.

Faucet Fixes: Frozen outside hose faucets may have damaged your plumbing; turn the water on at your outside faucets and try to place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you are able to stop the flow of water, there is a good chance that the pipe inside your home may have been damaged by the cold and may need to be replaced.

Air Conditioning Unit Servicing: When the summer heat in Roanoke bears down, you don’t want your AC unit breaking down. The AC service professionals at Southern Trust can clean and service your outside AC unit, cleaning coils and making sure that your unit is keeping your house cool when the temperature outside is hot.

Indoor Spring Maintenance:

Replace HVAC Filters: HVAC systems work overtime in the winter to keep everyone in your home warm and toasty. Spring is a great time to replace existing HVAC filters, because a dirty filter forces your system to work harder to keep your house cool in the summer, which can drive up your bills.

Check Your Water Heater: If you don’t know the temperature setting on your water heater, you may be faced with higher bills and danger from scalding water. Water heaters should be set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. Spring is a great time to flush sediment from your water heater, which reduces efficiency; if your heater is more than 15 years old or subject to the temperature fluctuations of Roanoke weather extremes, spring is a great time to consider a tankless water heater that can save your family money and help use less energy.

Look for Leaks: Spring is a great time to inspect toilets, dishwashers and washing machines to look for leaks that can damage your home. Replacing old or worn out connector hoses with stainless steel varieties, tightening connections and making sure that these items are safe and up to date is important for peace of mind during the summer months.

Spring is a time of renewal and is a great time for Roanoke homeowners to ready their homes for the months ahead.

If you run into plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning or any other HVAC problems during your spring cleaning, you can rely on the experience and professionalism of Southern Trust Home Services to deliver fast service, expert solutions and our Lifetime Repair Guarantee.

Visit us at or call 540-685-0106 for 24/7 service and ask about our discounts for seniors, Veterans and the disabled today.