Spring home maintenance to-do list

March 11, 2015

Weston Wolfe

Categories: Spring home maintenance checklist

 

Are you ready for spring? From checking your sump pump to inspecting your smoke detectors, use this checklist to help prepare your home for spring.

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Inside

  • Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Make sure outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
  • Move your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to an accessible place, and make sure it is filled and ready for operation.
  •  Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion.
  •  Clean or replace your furnace filter.
  •  Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
  •  Inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure there is one on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
  •  Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures. Be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
  •  Replace all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. Other types of bulbs, like incandescent, produce more heat than fluorescent bulbs.
  • Check your sump to make sure its in good working condition and plugged in
  • consider adding a battery back up so your sump pump will not fail

Outside

  •  Check for damage to your roof.
  •  Clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating.
  •  Remove dead trees in your yard.
  •  Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
  •  Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
  •  Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
  • Replace burnt-out bulbs in your outdoor lighting so that porches, steps, and walkways have adequate lighting.
  • Repair any damaged or loose siding; replace any damaged gutters and fascia boards.
  • Have your air conditioning serviced before the cooling season, and clean out your clothes dryer vent to prevent fire hazards.

For more preventative tips and information please call our office at 614-418-5710