It doesn’t feel like spring quite yet, but it is that time of year to start thinking about and planning for some home maintenance. Here are a few things to check to keep your home in tip-top shape year after year.
When spring showers come, the last thing you need is a leaky roof. Check around vents, skylights, and chimneys for any possible leaks and repair those.
Does your home have a ridge vent? If not, make sure to leave the gable vents open for proper ventilation.
Take a look at each faucet in your house and make sure it does not leak. If so, you may need to replace the washers.
Clean out your gutters and drain pipes so they’re free of leaves. Check to make sure they drain away from your house.
Clean the ashes out of your fireplace. If your home isn’t air-conditioned you can help with ventilation by leaving the damper open during the warmer months. If you do have air conditioning make sure to close the damper.
Your filters should really be cleaned or replaced once a month or more. These include dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood, and room fans. Double check that your heating and cooling vents are clean and not blocked by furniture or curtains.
Ensure all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are in good working order and replace batteries as needed.
Your refrigerator seals should be airtight. Test them by closing the door over a dollar bill. If you can easily pull the bill out, your seal is not airtight. Either adjust the latch or replace your seal. If your refrigerator is coil back, vacuum the coils to make it run more efficiently.
Storm windows and screens
If your storm windows are removable, remove, clean, and store them. If your screens are removable, put them up and patch if necessary.
Check your basement walls and floor for dampness and clean your humidifier regularly, if you have one.
Spring home maintenance can keep small problems from becoming big problems, so running through this checklist this spring is definitely worth your time.