After receiving positive feedback from last week’s blog, I thought I would include a few more springtime home maintenance tips for protecting your home from possible fire and water damage and mold growth as well as cost saving ideas in this week’s blog.
• Look for missing, cracked or broken shingles
• Cut back trim limbs and shrubs to allow for better ventilation, help dry out surfaces and prevent possible damage.
• Check caulking around all doors and windows. Improper caulking allows for moisture to get inside your walls and cause mold.
• Test smoke detectors, replacing batteries and cleaning dust from the covers.
• Dust and check wattage of light bulbs. Fires can result within a light fixture, wall or ceiling if the wattage used in a fixture is too high.
• Check/replace fire extinguishers. Make sure they meet current safety standards and check to ensure the gauges are charged and ready for use.
• Test your air conditioning unit for proper cooling. If you wait for the first hot day of the season, it could take longer to have a service technician to come out. Also, check and change the filter.

For more suggestions, you can view Lia Janusis’ complete article at:  http://ext.homedepot.com/community/blog/home-maintenance-tips-to-get-your-home-ready-for-spring/.