13 ways to get your home ready for spring

| April 15, 2019

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Get your air conditioner cleaned and serviced. Did you know clean coils operate more efficiently? With that and a filter change, your air conditioner will be primed to keep you cool and cut your costs. Change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Your life-saving detectors should be tested monthly and re-energized annually. Check your fire extinguisher. Make sure it’s fully charged, easily accessible and in good condition. Last but not least, make sure it’s not expired. Replace if needed. Seal the gaps in your home. Keep the air in and the rodents out. Make sure your home is completely sealed around the roof, windows and doors. Inspect your roof shingles. If any were lost or damaged during the winter, they’ll likely need to be replaced. Clear your gutters. Before the spring rain starts, be sure your gutters are free from leaves and debris. Check your deck. If the wood is soft or spongy, it could be decaying — which could cause serious problems. Examine your outside faucets. Did the winter weather wreak havoc on your pipes? If you can stop the flow of the water by placing your thumb over the spout, they may need to replaced.

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