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Spring Home Maintenance

Now that we have some consistent, nice weather, it’s time to turn your attention to your home.  Just as you prepared it for the winter months, so too must you do some upkeep to prepare it for the summer to come.

Here are a couple of things you can do to get started:

Outside Your Home

Check the Roof

Look for damaged or missing shingles, signs of rusting, cracking or leaking.  If you find issues, call a professional to assess the damage.

Clean the Gutters

Clear any remaining leaves and other debris out of the gutters and downspouts.  Make any necessary repairs to make sure they drain properly.

Inspect the Concrete

If your property has a concrete walkway, sidewalk or other concrete structures, check for cracking and chipping.  Cracks can be filled with concrete filler or silicone caulk.  If damage is more severe, the concrete should be replaced entirely.

Check Outdoor Faucets

Inspect the faucets for any damage that may have been caused by freezing.  If you think there might be, call a professional to inspect the pipes and determine if they need replacing.

Inspect Windows and Doors

Check for cracks or holes and repair as needed.  Check screens for holes that bugs can get through.  Use a repair kit to fix any holes or tears.  Check the caulk and reseal, if necessary.

Clean the Siding

Clean your siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing.  Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure.

Repair and Seal Woodwork

Check your deck and wood fences, railings, trellises, etc. for signs of water stains, discoloration and warping.  Look for rusty or loose nails, and make sure railings and stairs are safely secured.  Replace rotting or lifting boards.

Check the AC Unit

If you have an AC Compressor outside, be sure to clear any growth around it, and have it serviced.  This will reduce the likelihood that the unit will fail you during those hot, summer months.

Inside the Home

Clean the Furnace

The furnace worked overtime this winter, especially with some of the extremely cold temperatures we faced here in New Jersey.  Be sure to have the furnace thoroughly cleaned.

Clean the Dryer Vent

Lint builds up and needs to be cleaned out of the vent regularly to prevent blockages and fires that could start in your home.

Vacuum Refrigerator Coils

The coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator conduct hot air from inside the unit.  If they are covered in dust, the unit works less efficiently.

Replace Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Batteries

Test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  If the batteries are low, replace them.

Check Window and Door Seals

This is something you should check from the exterior and the interior of your home.  Remove any caulking that is cracked and fill gaps with new as needed.

Vacuum Refrigerator Coils

The coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator conduct hot air from inside the unit.  If they are covered in dust, the unit works less efficiently.

Replace Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Batteries

Test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  If the batteries are low, replace them.

Check Window and Door Seals

This is something you should check from the exterior and the interior of your home.  Remove any caulking that is cracked and fill gaps with new as needed.

Drain Water Heater

Sediment can build up in your water heater.  Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it.  This can extend the life of your water heater.

Clean Windows & Screens

Clean windows and check seals.  If the seals are failing, contact a professional for needed repairs.

Clean window screens.  Check them for holes and patch as needed.

Consider Upgrades

Spring is a good time to take a look at essential items around your home that need to be replaced.  Consider the age of appliances, lighting fixtures, heating units, and water heaters, and determine if getting new ones are in order.

As always, if you have questions about your home insurance coverage, be sure to contact your insurance agent.

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