March is the gateway to spring, one of the biggest times for cleaning your home. It’s time to get out of hibernation and start getting ready for summer!
SPRING CLEAN YOUR HOME
Deep clean your home. Dust, dirt, and grime build-up through the winter months, and as the temperature starts to heat up, it’s the perfect time to get spring cleaning. Try to clear out clutter and donate unneeded items to charity.
TEST YOUR SUMP PUMP
Test your sump pump. Springtime is when the snow begins to melt in the spring time, basements tend to flood, and it’s the perfect time to test to see if your sump pump is functioning properly. If your home has a sump pump, make sure it’s working.
CHECK YOUR ROOF FOR SOFT SPOTS
Check your roof for soft spots by going outside and taking binoculars to find any broken, chipped, or missing shingles. Call a roof technician to help you repair or replace those sections of your roof. With the snow melting and potential for heavy rains to start in the spring, it’s a good time to see if your roof needs to be repaired. (If you have roof leak repair with your home warranty, that can be patched up if you’ve properly maintained your roof.)
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
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. Clean your downspouts well and direct water away from your home and foundation. Once you’ve finished cleaning your gutters out, the next time it rains check to see where the water is flowing from your downspouts.
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.
FIX RUST SPOTS
Make sure any rust spots your home has are fixed using epoxy seals. Make sure any rust spots in your home are fixed using epoxy seals.