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Get Ready for Spring

Although everyone thinks of cleaning when it comes to spring, there are a number of things you should do to make sure your home is ready when the weather changes. Below is a selection of maintenance tasks from the National Center for Healthy Housing (you can see the full list at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=DOC_12334.pdf).

  • Check to make sure your roof’s shingles are in good condition, and check your attic for any possible roof leaks that should be repaired. Water damage from leaky seals can create an expensive problem later on.
  • Look for peeling paint and repair/touch up as needed.
  • Check for signs of leaks at window and door sills and use caulking or weather stripping to seal.
  • Clean your dryer vent and make sure exhaust ducts are clear. This will not only make your heating and cooling system more effective, but it will help with dust allergies, as well.
  • Make sure there are no puddles or wet spots in your basement or crawlspace. If there are, try to determine the source.
  • Look for signs of rodents, roaches, termites, and any other unwanted pests. Call an exterminator if you suspect an infestation.
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts.
  • Clean air conditioner coils and drain pans.
  • Check/replace the batteries your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Replace filters in your air conditioner and dehumidifier.
  • Store winter heaters, ensuring that liquid-fuel heaters are completely emptied. These should be stored outside, if possible.

 

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