Here are 8 things you can do this month to help you stay ahead of problems that will otherwise snowball into those code-red issues, like a roof leak or basement flood.
Check Outside Faucets
You would think you can notice a water leak immediately, but that’s usually not the case. Water damage is often caused from a slow leak which means you won’t notice it right away. Inspect your outside faucets today to protect your property.
Organize Your Garage
Dirt, sludge, and mud from the winter months tends to get tracked into the garage and trapped in hard-to-reach places. You also may have ‘lost’ a few things you stored in there over the winter months. Take a half day, clean your garage, and do some organizing. Now is also a good time to clean out the storage shed!
Check Exterior Drainage
With winter winds, leaves and other debris can get trapped by ice – check your rain gutters and downspouts to make sure they weren’t damaged over the last few months. Water blockage is a leading cause of damage to a home. Any type of activity on the roof can be dangerous so you should consider calling in a pro. Check your ground level exterior areas too. Standing ground water and water backups pose a risk to your foundation and other areas. If you notice this happening, call a landscaper to discuss re-grading parts of your yard.
Be ready when warm weather arrives by having your air conditioning unit prepared and ready to keep you nice and cool. Regular maintenance on your AC unit helps with its longevity and your utility bills too.
Clean Your Baseboards
You should aim to clean your baseboards once a month. If you notice they’re very grimy when you clean them, switch to cleaning every two weeks instead. When you’re vacuuming, use the brush attachment on the hose to give your baseboards a rub-down. This removes dust, dirt, and pet hair, preventing it from building up.
Clean Your Washing Machine
Washing machines can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not cleaned periodically. Cleaning your washing machine helps remove odors, keeps your machine running smoothly and helps with sanitation. Check your owner’s manual for detailed instructions.