March Maintenance Check list
March is the gateway to spring, one of the biggest times for cleaning your home. It’s time to start getting ready for summer!
TEST SUMP PUMP
If your home has a sump pump, make sure it’s working. Springtime is when snow starts to melt and you could have problems with flooding. It’s better to test your sump pump now and make sure it’s pumping properly than wait and deal with the aftermath. eHow has a guide on how to test them here.
DEEP CLEAN YOUR HOME
Spring clean your house! Dust, dirt, and grime can all build up in the wintertime and spring is the perfect time to give your home a good scrub. Try to clear out clutter and donate unneeded items to charity.
CHECKING ROOF FOR SOFT SPOTS
It’s a good time to see if your roof needs to be repaired. Check for soft spots by using a pair of binoculars and seeing if there are any loose, broken, or missing shingles on your roof. You’ll want to get a roofing technician to repair those as soon as possible. (If you have roof leak repair with your home warranty, that can be patched up if you’ve properly maintained your roof.)
FIX RUST SPOTS ON YOUR TUB AND APPLIANCES
Make sure any rust spots in your home are fixed using epoxy seals. This DIY article shows you how to fix a rust spot on your bathtub, but you can use the same process for many parts of your home!
Gutters full of dirt, fall leaves, and other debris can cause flooding. This water can back up into your roof and cause wood rot and leaks, or it could seep into your foundation and cause flooding. Take a day to clear out your gutters to avoid this problem.
CHECK WATER FLOW FROM DOWN SPOUTS
After your gutters are cleaned, pour water through your downspouts to see if the water is running away from your home instead of pooling around your foundation. Pooled water can leak into your home’s foundation and window wells and cause flooding.