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Spring Into Action on Home Maintenance

Spring Into Action on Home Maintenance

If you’re a college basketball fan, you might be setting your DVR to catch the March Madness games. But did you notice something else on the calendar? It’s officially Springtime in Chicago. That means besides the TV, there’s much more in your home that needs your attention.

Just like it was wise to prepare your home for our icy blast of winter, now it’s time to get ready for a warmer and wetter season. There are several things you can do both inside and outside your home that go beyond simple spring cleaning.

–If you have window wells, one of the best ways to protect your home during severe storms is to purchase well covers. These covers are made of polycarbonate plastic and prevent water from pooling in your well and overflowing into your lower level.

–Make sure your sump pump is operating properly. Invest in a battery backup if you don’t have one already. If you do have a backup system, make sure the batteries are charged.

–Clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure they’ll drain properly in a heavy rain.

–Check the caulk around your windows to see whether it cracked or dried out during the winter.

–After the winter season, it is important to have your dryer vents inspected and cleaned. Clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires.

–Look for any tears or caulk separation in the flat roofs commonly found in the city.

– Turn off your radiant heat systems.

– If you have a fire prevention sprinkler system in your home, spring is a good time to schedule a backflow inspection. You don’t want the sprinkler water to backflow into the water you use for drinking, cooking and showering. Illinois law mandates annual backflow inspections.

– If you have an exterior irrigation system, you can turn it on to test the sprinkler heads and check the timer.

– Adjust the timer on your outdoor lights if they don’t have sensors to turn on automatically at dusk. Check for any damage to your fixtures or for bulbs that need to be replaced.

–Have a heating and air conditioning professional inspect the exterior air compressor to ensure your air conditioner is ready when the weather heats up. Turn off the humidifier and clean or replace the filter. Also change the filter on your furnace and air conditioning unit. Always change your filters every season.

Now that your home or condo is ready for spring, let’s hope those temperatures stay on the rise. If you’re warming up to the idea of selling or buying a home this season, give Jim Miller and JM Partners a call. Contact them at 773.617.6638 or