Chain link fences are popular with home owners for several reasons. They are cheap to put up, they are solid, and they require very little maintenance. However, that does not mean that your chain link fence doesn't need any attention while you are tending to the rest of your spring cleaning chores. Since this is your first spring in your new home that has a chain link fence, there are a couple of things to do to make sure it lasts for many more years. Use these tips to get you started.

Fence cleaning

One of the great things about a chain link fence is you don't need to repaint it every year. However, giving it a good clean goes a long way to keep it shining and looking good. There are two ways to clean a chain link fence.

If you have a pressure washer, plug it in and give the fence a clean. Quick, easy and no fuss. If you don't have a pressure washer, and you don't want to hire one from your local power tool hire store, then you can clean it manually (or even better, get your kids to do it). All you need is a stiff-bristled brush and a bucket of warm soapy water. Scrub the fence clean with the soapy water, and then hose that off with cold water. Your chain link fence is made of galvanised steel, so you don't need to worry about it rusting after being washed.

Fence repair

The other task for your fence is checking whether it needs any repairs. Summer storms in Australia bring strong winds and heavy rains at times, so your fence needs to be strong and able to withstand those storms.

The most visible sign your fence needs attention is if it is sagging. Missing metal staples used to affix the chain link to its support posts causes the chain links to sag once they are no longer there. Another visible sign your fence needs repair is when holes have developed in the link. Not only do holes look unsightly, but they are a weak spot your pets can push through.

A fence contractor is the fastest way to get your fence repaired. A chain link fence needs to be stretched taut and stapled back into place on the posts. Making the fence tight involves tightening the tension bar located at the top of the fence, and that needs professional experience to get it right.

Don't neglect your fence this spring, or you could be facing a full replacement before the next spring rolls around.