Spring is here! Don’t forget the home maintenance

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Air conditionerspring cleanings – Now is the time to check your outdoor unit for debris caused by leaves and grass clippings.  Make sure there is at least 18 inches of clearance around the air conditioning unit to ensure adequate airflow.  Periodic cleaning of the air conditioning lines and coil will reduce your electric bill as well as extend the life of your equipment. We recommend having a certified professional service perform seasonal maintenance.

 Furnace Filter – Inspect each month and change as needed.  Remember a clean filter can solve many cooling problems.

Seasonal Balance – Since hot air rises and cold air falls, an adjustment of registers may be required.  Open upstairs registers and close registers on the first floor. Also, leaving the thermostat fan on the “ON” setting verses “AUTO” will help in keeping a balanced temperature in the home.  Keep in mind that extreme temperatures will affect the performance of your system.

Dryer Vents – This vent should be cleaned frequently to avoid lint accumulation. This accumulation can cause longer drying time as well as moisture build-up in the vent line which could lead to damage to drywall and other surrounding areas.

                                     Exterior Items

Exterior Caulking & Paint Touchup – Inspect and replace caulk as needed, especially around windows at brick areas Concrete Sealant – Drives, sidewalks, steps and porches should be treated with a silane/siloxana water repellant product to reduce potential damage from the elements. This product can be obtained at any local hardware store.  Make sure to follow the manufacturers’ directions.  Caulk cracks with a caulking material prior to applying water repellant.  Avoid exposing concrete to dry/liquid lawn & garden fertilizers, these chemicals can attack the surface of the concrete.

Gutters and Downspouts – Should be cleaned of debris.  Check downspouts to ensure that splash blocks are positioned to discharge water away from the foundation. Landscaping – When landscaping near the house, do not disturb the earth next to the foundation.  Allow 6 inches of clearance between the grading and the outside wall of the home.  Maintain the areas next to the foundation to permit water to drain away from the foundation.

Sprinklers – Do not allow sprinklers to spray water on the exterior of the home.  This could cause unnecessary moisture buildup to the foundation, basement and/or on the home exterior. When doors or windows are exposed to water for durations longer than their manufactured limitations, seepage may occur.

Sliding Patio Doors/Screen Tracks/Window Tracks – should be cleaned to maintain proper operation.  Be sure to clean the weep holes on windows and sliders to allow moisture to escape.

Exterior Doors – Clean thresholds (adjust when necessary) and check the weather stripping (replace as needed).

Garage Doors – It is a good idea to have yearly maintenance check done by a professional. They can adjust, lubricate, and repair as needed.

                                             Interior Items

Basements – Check the sump pump to make sure it is operating properly and clean out sump pump pit as needed.

Interior Caulking – Inspect and replace caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and countertops as needed. The appropriate caulk is available at most hardware stores. Follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully.

Ceramic Tile – cracks in grout should be re-grouted. This is a fairly simple process and the materials can be found at your local hardware store.  Also, grout should be sealed periodically to prevent deterioration of the grout.

Smoke Detectors –Smoke detectors should be checked monthly for proper operation.  Be sure to replace the batteries once a year.

Faucets/Aerators – Remove and clean the aerators on faucets and showerheads to allow proper flow of water.