Spring House Cleanups. Check Off The List.

Ah, sunshine and Spring-like weather is here! With the temperatures in store this week, you may be ready to get outside and do some Spring cleaning.

Here are some suggestions on where to start:

imagesGutter check. Take a look at your gutters to make sure you have proper drainage. Check gutters and downspouts for winter’s debris to be sure they are clear for adequate drainage.

Roof inspection. Take a look (from the ground) to be sure your shingles survived the ice and snow from winter. If you notice any missing or damaged shingles, get those replaced before Spring showers start.

Driveway review. Check your concrete slabs for evidence of cracks or movement from winter’s freeze. Patch with crack filler or silicone caulk.

Spiquot test. Check outside hose faucets for possible freeze damage by turning on the water and placing your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced.

Firewood move. Rule of thumb is to store firewood at least 18 inches off the ground and at least two feet from the home. Now that fireplace weather is starting to diminish, move your stash of firewood away from your home.

Smoke alarm test. Spring is a good time to test and replace batteries in your smoke alarms to be sure they are in working order.

Window seals. Winter’s harsh temperatures can crack and harden caulk and weather seals. Keep your home heated and cooled efficiently by ensuring the seals are in good condition.

Fridge cleaning. Take time to vacuum the refrigerator coils at the bottom or back of your refrigerator with your vacuum hose or a brush. If the coils are covered in dust, they are less efficient.

Screens repair. Take a look at your screens for tears away from the edges or holes. Also, give them a good scrub to wash away winter’s grime.

Enjoy the break in weather! Have a great week.

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