Spring Home Maintenance Tips

It’s that time of the year where we all start doing our Spring Home Maintenance, after the winter months. Here are some tips of what you can consider looking at for both inside and outside your home.  Now is a great time to check the following inside items of your home to ensure that they are in good working condition:

• Check electrical outlets and cords throughout your home for any potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords also should be checked to make sure they are not overloaded.
• Check your fire extinguisher at least once yearly, including the hose, nozzle and other parts, to make sure they are in good condition and that the pressure gauge is in the “green” range. If necessary, move your fire extinguisher to an accessible place.
• Air Conditioning system should be inspected and tuned up by a professional before turning it on for the season.
• Check your Water Heater for leaks and corrosion.
• Clean and replace your furnace filter.
Dryer lint can build up inside the vent pipe and collect around the duct. Clean both the clothes dryer exhaust duct and the space under the dryer. Use a specialized brush to clean out the vent pipe. Lint can also build up inside the dryer enclosure and should be cleaned and serviced by a professional.
• Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Inspect each smoke detector to ensure all are in working order, and make sure to test them monthly. Ideally, there should be at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, including the hallway or area outside of each set of bedrooms, and one within each bedroom itself. If necessary, install additional smoke detectors as needed.
• Check each light bulb in every fixture for the correct recommended wattage and replace any burned out bulbs. Also, consider replacing all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs to reduce energy and the amount of heat produced.

Now that Winter is over, it’s time to venture outside, and check for damage to the outside of your home as well. Here are some tips of a few things outside your home that should be inspected to ensure they are in good condition:

• Check your roof for any damage from snow or ice, including damage from ice dams, and make any necessary repairs to reduce the possibility of leaks.
• Clean your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris to keep water flowing and reduce the possibility of water damage.
• Visually inspect trees for damage or rot, and remove (either yourself or through a contractor) any dead trees that might blow over in heavy winds or during a storm. Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
• Repair any cracks or broken or uneven surfaces of your walkways and driveway to provide a safe, level walking area.

If you should find damage to your home from the winter months, call the professionals at Stutters Disaster Kleenup to come in and take care of you, and to make things right for you.

We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Call Stutters Disaster Kleenup at 1-877-763-1540, we are always open, and happy to help you.

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