Home Safety and Improvement Tips
Check for Caulking Deterioration
As the Winter season is ending, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the swing into Spring that is going to be coming sooner than we think and you should start getting your home ready now sooner than later.
One good way to do this is, is to inspect your sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration. If it becomes dry or cracked or even starts peeling, it’s a good practice to replace it. Caulk should last approximately five years before it needs replacement.
Septic Tank Maintenance
If your home is one of the many that has a septic tank, it’s a good time to consider having a professional come out to the house to inspect and pump it.
Having your tanks pumped is important maintenance to the system. Solids that are exiting your home build up in the septic tank over time and can even get into the pump tank. If the solids rise too high in the tank, they can clog up the baffles in your system causing a backup into your home.
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Something that is always overlooked in the home is the batteries to a smoke or carbon monoxide detector you have always working for you in the home. Something you should consider is checking it each year around this time.
If you have a detector with a non-replaceable battery and its begun to chirp, its time to replace the unit. Those batteries typically last around ten years. Detectors with just your standard batteries should have them replaced yearly, and there’s no better time like the present as you get your home ready for the coming year.
Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced
It might not feel like it now, but the temperatures are going to be on the rise before you know it and during the Spring, it’s a good practice for your home to have a professional come out and service your air conditioner unit for your home.
Did you know that as your air conditioner runs, it accumulates dirt and dust in the air filters and condensing coils? This can have adverse effects on your home unit causing it to drop its overall operating efficiency up to 5% if left unchecked, which in turn could lead to higher costs for running it over time.
Check Your Roof for Damages
Due to the harsh weather that we have been having off and on this Winter season, there is a good chance that your roof may have had an issue or two along the way. During the spring, it’s a good time to have your roof inspected for missing, loose or damaged shingles. It's also a good time to check for leaks that might have started forming over the season.
Dealing with roofs can be difficult though. If you find yourself in a position where you feel its best that you have a professional come out and look, we are here for you when you need us.
Prepare For Your Family Trip
As the snow begins to melt, be sure to do minor maintenance to the exterior of your home (Ex. Blow any remaining leaves out of the yard and pick up any debris that may have found its way into your yard during the winter). Make sure you always have someone getting your mail if leaving town. Do not let it pile up and give anyone reason to believe no one is home. If you have exterior lights and are leaving town make sure they are set on a timer if they are not already.