Whether your spring cleaning checklist includes interior tasks such as washing windows and walls, or exterior priorities like power washing the siding and taking down the holiday lights, please don’t dismiss the activities which might keep you and your family safe. Taking a few precautionary steps this spring can keep you headache free and enjoying the longer days throughout summertime.
Landscaping and remodel projects? Dig This…
Planning home improvements? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck or even a new mailbox? Whether it’s a DIY project, or one contracted out to professionals, before one spade enters the ground, remember that “DIG SAFE” must be notified. Dig Safe® is a not-for-profit clearinghouse that notifies participating utility companies of your plans to dig. In turn, these utilities (or their contract locating companies) respond to mark out the location of their underground facilities. Dig Safe is a free service, funded entirely by its member utility companies. Call 811 for more info or to report your project.
Inspect Tools & Equipment
Winter is a long season in New England, which often means those power tools and appliances used for home projects and lawn maintenance are left idle. Before you begin using these items be sure to inspect them for signs of wear, missing parts or even rodent nests. Pay close attention to connectors for propane grills and patio heaters to avoid loss of fuel and reduce risk of fires, as connections can loosen as a result of expansion and contraction with the weather. Schedule your tune-ups for ride-on mowers, chainsaws and other power tools that might pose a danger if malfunctions occur.
Check Your Air Conditioning System
Before you need it, give your home cooling system a little TLC. Spring is the perfect time to change filters, clean vents and test your thermostat. If you noticed a draft during the winter months, save on your summer cooling bills by repairing any broken seals on windows and doors, as well as adding insulation around wall outlets. Also, be sure to schedule professional maintenance of your air ducts and air conditioning unit. The warmer days will come on suddenly, but you will already be prepared!
Keep Spring Rains Flowing Smoothly
Fall leaves and other debris may be clogging the water’s flow. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts is extremely important this time of year, especially with spring rains upon us. Just one obstruction in the system could lead to flooded basements, washed out lawn or garden areas, or even damage to walkways or foundations. This is also the perfect time of year to install gutter screens to keep clean gutters free from new debris. If you cannot reach your gutters, or do not have time, invest in hiring a professional to do it for you.