1. Check your Gutters
- Winter storms and autumn leaves can clog up your gutters, preventing your home form draining properly. Clear away any leaves or debris to prepare for April Showers.
2. Prep your A/C
- A little preparation goes a long way and the last thing you want is to be stranded on a hot summer’s day without air conditioning. You should hire a professional to perform an annual maintenance service on your system and follow these guidelines to keep your A/C functioning at its fullest.
3. Start up the Dehumidifier
- Clean it, make sure that it's in working order, then run it in a humid basement or partially underground room. Dampness during spring and summer months causes mildew
4. Vacuum your refrigerator coils
- The coils you’ll find on the bottom or back of your refrigerator conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If they're coated with dust, they do the job less efficiently and cause your fridge to work harder. That means a higher electric bill for you. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a brush to clean the coils.
5. Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors
- You never know when you’ll need them. The safety of your family is worth the 10 minutes it takes to replace your smoke detectors batteries.
6. Drain your water heater
- Sediment builds up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it. By doing so, you'll prolong its life and reduce your electric bill. More water heater maintenance tips.
7. Disinfect your fridge
- Be ready for all the fresh spring produce heading your way. Clear out and wipe down your refrigerator with an antibacterial cleaner to get rid of any lingering germs.
8. Fill in the low spots of your yard with compacted soil
- Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to expensive foundation damage. Water pooling in these low areas creates a breeding ground for insects later in the summer.
9. Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage
- Turn the faucet on and block the flow of water with a finger. If you can stop it, the pipe is most likely damaged somewhere inside the home and will need to be replaced.
10. Inspect cold and hot water supply hoses for cracks and deterioration
- One of the top reasons for insurance claims is for water damage caused by leaky washing machine supply lines. Inspect washing machine water supply lines at least annually and replace them every three years if they are plastic.
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