Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring Home Maintenance

The warm days of spring are a perfect time to do a thorough spring cleaning and perform home maintenance. Tasks such as cleaning out your gutters, checking for dead trees and branches and cleaning and inspecting home mechanical systems, such as heating and air conditioning equipment, can make spring a season of safety. Here’s a list to keep your home in tip-top shape for the rest of the year.

Inside Your Home 

Electrical Outlets and Cords: Check electrical outlets and cords throughout your home for any potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs.

Fire Extinguishers: Check your fire extinguisher at least once yearly, including the hose, nozzle, and other parts, to make sure they’re in good condition and that the pressure gauge is in the “green” range.

Air Conditioning: Before turning it on for the season, have your air-conditioning system inspected and tuned up by a professional.

Water Heater: Check for leaks and corrosion.

Furnace: Clean or replace your furnace filter.

Dryers: Dryer lint can build up inside the vent pipe and collect around the duct. Clean both the clothes dryer exhaust duct and the space under the dryer. Use a specialized brush to clean out the vent pipe.

Smoke Detectors: Daylight savings time is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Inspect each smoke detector to ensure all are in working order and make sure to test them monthly.

Outside Your Home

Roof: Check for any damage and make any necessary repairs to reduce the possibility of leaks.

Gutters: Clean leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts to keep water flowing and reduce the possibility of water damage. * Trees: Visually inspect trees for damage or rot, and remove any dead trees that might blow over in heavy winds or during a storm. Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed.

Walkways and Driveways: Repair any cracks and broken or uneven surfaces to provide a safe, level walking area.

A little home maintenance in the spring can go a long way to keeping your home safe and secure throughout the rest of the year. Besides keeping your home maintained, you should always review your insurance policies to be sure that you ‘re properly protected in case of any unforeseen claims. Call your friends at Apollo Insurance Services at 800.426.1088, option 2 or visit www.apolloinsuranceservices.com for a complimentary insurance review.

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