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Spring Maintenance

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Now that spring has arrived early this year, here are some helpful tips to help you maintain your and help save you some money.
 
Gutters.....make sure you check your gutters for clogs.  They tend to accumulate debris and leaves during the winter so remove them and help your gutters drain properly.  Also, check to make sure they are securely attached to your house.

Shrubs and Trees......Make sure you maintain your shrubbery by pruning and remove any organic debris.  This will help shape and improve their health, which gives your house "curb appeal".

Decks/Patios.....Check your deck for rotting wood and and any boards/rails that may need to be replaced.  Make sure it doesn't squeak when you walk on it.  Also check your patio for cracks that may need to be fixed.

Pipes.....Check your pipes for any leakage that may occurred during the winter.  Check your shutoff valves, for each plumbing fixture, to make sure they function properly.

Sump Pumps........with spring comes April showers.  Make sure your sump pump has a new battery in the backup.  Also look  oil that may present from in the water.  This could mean you have a faulty oils seal, which could ultimately burn up the motor.

Air Conditioner.....Make sure you get a professional air conditioning  inspector out to check this.  They know what is needed to maintain it and keep it working properly during the upcoming hot months!  Nothing is worse than having your AC not work during the hottest day of the year!

Batteries.....Check you batteries in you smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  They should be changed and checked atleast once a year, but a good rule of thumb is to check and change with daylight savings time.  These batteries could ultimately save your life and your home possessions.

Fireplaces.....I know winter is over, but now is the time to get it cleaned and service by a professional chimney sweep.  That will save you the hassle in the fall when everyone is trying to get ready for old man winter.

These are just some minor tips that you can do during these nice days.  They don't take long and could save you a headache in the long run.


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