Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is a great time to do some checking up on your home before the heat of Texas summers. Now that winter has (finally) passed, it’s a great time to look for damage and make needed repairs in addition to prepping your home and lawn for the summer. Here are a few helpful checklist items to ensure your home is safe and protected this spring.

Check fire and carbon monoxide alarms

This is vastly important for keeping both your home and those who live in it safe from fires and deadly gasses. We recommend checking your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month to check that they are functioning successfully. In addition to this, replace the batteries 1-2 times a year.

Check fire extinguisher levels

Your home’s fire extinguisher should be checked each month to ensure that it can still be used in the event of a fire. Firstly, make sure that the fire extinguisher is in an easily accessible location and plainly visible. You should also inspect the seals to be sure that the tamper and safety seals are intact. Look for any damage like leakage or a clogged nozzle that may indicate it’s time for a new fire extinguisher. Lastly, if your fire extinguisher has a pressure gauge, be sure that the gauge’s needle indicates proper pressure.

Change air filters and clean vents

Changing the air filters in your home regularly can actually help you save money and energy. Swapping your dirty air filter for a clean one can actually save up to 15% of your home’s energy consumption, bringing down the price your your electricity down. Depending on your allergies and the pets in your home, you should change your air filter every 2-3 months. It is also a good idea to clean your vents regularly.

Replace burnt out lightbulbs.

Though this may seem like a no-brainer, it is important! Replace any lights that have gone out with new bulbs that fit the appropriate wattage for your light fixtures.

Keep flashlights for emergencies.

You never know when a power outage will hit your home. Be prepared for anything by storing a few flashlights with new batteries in an easy to get to location.

Check roof for any damage

Spring is a great time to make sure that the exterior of your home has held up to varying outdoor conditions. Spend a cool, sunny afternoon checking for any missing shingles or exterior damage to your roof rather than waiting to do it on a sweltering summer day.

Check electrical outlets for fire hazards.

Normal wear and tear can happen to your electrical outlets, so check them regularly for damage. Make sure every outlet in your home has a cover and use plug protectors on outlets that you aren’t using. Also, be sure to replace any outlets that have stopped working properly.

Give your gutters a thorough cleaning.

With all the outdoor excitement of spring, this is a home maintenance chore that often gets overlooked. Be sure to check your gutters for debris and damage this spring! Keep your gutters in working order by tightening loose gutter straps and making sure to reconnect any spout extensions that have come loose.

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