Spring is here. It’s rainy and web. The flowers and trees are blooming. Everyone is looking forward to warmer weather. But after a long cold winter, spring is the perfect time for cleaning and maintenance of your home…inside and out. Now is the time to ensure that your residence is in tip-top shape and good working order to keep your family and property safe, and expenses lower over the long run.
Spring is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Inspect and dust each unit to ensure that they are in good working order, and make a note to test them monthly. There should be at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home. Make sure you have detectors outside each bedroom area of your home and consider installing one within each bedroom itself for added safety.
When was the last time you checked your dryer vent pipe? Unfortunately, many homeowners have never check it. Dryer lint can build up in the hose, underneath the dryer, and in the dryer itself and it’s important that you check these areas and clean them on a regular basis. A buildup of lint can cause your dryer to work inefficiently and take longer to do the job. Under certain circumstances lint build-up can cause a house fire.
Before it’s time to switch from heat to air conditioning have your home systems checked out by a professional to make sure that they are repaired, if necessary and in good working order. Make sure you change your HVAC filter. A clean filter will make your system work more efficiently and prolong the life of the blower motor. Check your water heater for corrosion and leaks, and make repairs as needed. You don’t want your AC to break down during the hot summer months. In the long run, a systems check-up will save you money and extend its life expectancy.
Inspect the caulking around your windows and doors and look for leaks and cracks where moisture can enter and cause damage. Old, dried out caulking needs to be replaced to keep your home in optimal condition. Once you turn your AC on, you want the cool air to stay in and the hot air to stay out.
Make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleaned of debris and that water flows away from your home and doesn’t pool against the foundation of your home. Check your roof for any damage from snow or ice, loose or missing shingles, and make repairs so that water doesn’t leak into your home causing damage to walls, flooring, and insulation.
Now is the time to get your yard ready for summer. Clean yard debris, trim shrubbery, and mulch. Remove dead branches from trees and trim them back away from power lines and windows. Check driveways and walkways for cracks and broken or uneven surfaces and repair if necessary. And if you take care of your own lawn and landscaping, make sure your mower and other tools are in good working order.
The insurance experts at Foundation Insurance Group are always available to discuss your homeowners insurance needs. Contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions or review your current policy. Remember, a little bit of maintenance now will save you money in the future.