Prep for spring: A homeowner’s checklist

Spring is just around the corner. As the snow melts away and temperatures rise, now is the time to begin spring maintenance around your home. Here is a list of areas to check and what to look for.

  1. Roof. As the snow and ice clears, check your roof for possible damage from winter weather. Be sure to check skylights to clear any leftover fall debris and indoor ceilings for any signs of water damage or leaks.
  • Outdoor equipment. Prepare lawnmowers and other outdoor equipment for spring and summer use with new oil and gasoline. Any extra fluid should be stored in an area that is well-ventilated and out of reach of children.
  • Electrical outlets. Take a look at the electrical outlets throughout your home to ensure there are no visible fire hazards like frayed wires. Limit the use of power strips and extension cords as these are not designed for long-term use.
  • Water supplies. Check both indoor and outdoor water valves for leaks. If left undetected, these can cause a great deal of damage to your property.
  • Dryer vents. To reduce the chance of a dryer fire, clear lint from the vent pipe and duct of the dryer. It’s also important to remember to clean the area under and around the dryer of excess lint, dryer sheets, and dirt that accumulates over time.
  • Smoke detectors. Ensure the batteries in your smoke detector are working and your detectors are in good shape. A simple reminder is to check the batteries when you change the clocks in the spring and fall. A smoke detector and fire extinguisher should be located on each level of your home.
  • Walkways. Inspect the walkways near your home. The cold winter months can be hard on concrete. It is important to note any areas in need of leveling as the spring months approach.
  • Trees. Just like the roof of your home, snow and ice can damage the trees on your property. Inspect for loose, broken, or dead limbs and remove them before strong spring storms begin.