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Here are a few things you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape this Spring:

  • Clean and test smoke alarms.

  • Test and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) breakers.

  • Change the furnace filter.

  • Operate the air-conditioning system.

  • Adjust registers and confirm that cold air returns are clear of furniture or draperies.

  • Make certain the air-conditioner compressor is clear of debris.

  • Turn the humidifier off.

  • Pour water down the basement floor drain.

  • Drain sediment from the bottom of the water heater per manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Wash windows and screens, clean weep holes and lubricate tracks.

  • Start and adjust sprinkler system.

  • Test exterior faucets for broken pipes.

  • Check foundation, concrete and yard for settling; fill in as needed.

  • Check exterior paint and stain surfaces and refinish as needed.

Here are a few things you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape this Winter:

  • Clean and test smoke alarms.

  • Test and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) breakers.

  • Change the furnace filter.

  • Operate the heating system.

  • Adjust registers and confirm that cold air returns are clear of furniture or draperies.

  • Clean the humidifier per manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Maintain humidity levels between 35-55% as measured with a hygrometer to prevent potential mold growth.

  • When condensation is apparent on windows, shut down humidifier until humidity levels fall within the range above.

  • Adjust or replace weather stripping on exterior doors as needed.

  • Check the fit of exterior doors; thresholds are adjustable.

  • Drain and winterize your sprinkler system if applicable.

  • Remove hoses from exterior faucets. “Freeze proof” faucets will suffer a broken water line if the water in the hose freezes and expands into the pipe.

  • Review safe fireplace operation.

  • Provide professional cleaning at regular intervals.

  • Clean gutters, check downspouts; confirm that troughs drain away from the house.

  • Check foundation, concrete and yard for settling; fill in as needed.

  • Remove ice and snow from concrete as soon as possible; avoid using de-icing agents with damaging salts.

  • On pleasant days, open windows to allow house to breathe.

  • Please decorate safely for the holidays.

  • Do not overload circuits or use worn extension cords.

 
   


Seasonal Care:
Here are a few things you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape throughout the year.

 

 

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