The month of March is a time a lot of people in these northern climes start looking forward to fresh spring start after a long, cold and snowy winter. That make it the perfect time to turn your attention to scheduled maintenance chores that should be on every homeowner’s annual to-do list.
Change Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Batteries
Daylight savings time, which comes this year on March 14, is a reminder to change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Remember, even hardwired detectors have batteries. Remember, too, that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – even if you’ve been diligent about changing batteries in the past, it’s hard to say when a particular set is going to discharge. Get Dwell recommends making this an annual event you don’t skip.
Change Your Light Bulbs
While you have the ladder out, this spring is a great time to change your old light bulbs to newer, energy-savings ones. If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, it would save enough energy to light more than three million homes for one year. That would prevent the release of greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of about 800,000 cars!
Get Ready for the Rains, Part 1
Spring’s official start is March 20, and, as they say, it traditionally comes in like a tiger out like a lamb. In Chicago the record high for March is 88 degrees, the record low -8 degrees. While the ground is still frozen we may get heavy rains, which may have nowhere to go but your basement. So be sure to check that your gutters and downspouts are clear, the window well drains are clear and – if you have stairs below grade – make sure those drains are unobstructed, too.
Get Ready for the Rains, Part 2
Every spring homes in our area flood because their sump pumps aren’t working properly, or at all. Many homeowners don’t notice because the sump probably hasn’t had to work since last fall. So make sure you check your sump pump and it’s back-up battery. Performing a test is easy: Add water to the sump pit until the sump float is lifted high enough to engage the pump. Do not operate the pump for more than a few seconds without water in the sump pit. If your sump pump isn’t working contact a professional promptly.
Have a question about these tips? Need repairs or maintenance to get your home ready for the warmer weather? Talk to Get Dwell and ask about our March specials, which are:
- 15% off all restoration work
- 15% off all work that is sympathetic to the historical character of your house
- 15% off all basement flood avoidance work (gutters, downspouts, window wells, stairs below grade)
- Free spring sump pump check with Trustable Home Assessment