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February: 10 Top Home Maintenance Tips

Robin Corey, mba January 27, 2024

As February arrives in Northern California, it's time to address home maintenance tasks to ensure your property is well-prepared for the changing season. Here are some essential tips to keep your home in top condition this month:
  1. Inspect and Clean Gutters: February often brings intermittent rain, making it crucial to ensure your gutters are free of debris. Clear out leaves, twigs, and any other blockages to prevent water damage and maintain proper drainage.
  2. Check Roof for Damage: After the winter weather, inspect your roof for any signs of damage or loose shingles. If you have moss beginning to grow, this will shorten the life of your roof and should be removed. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent leaks and water infiltration. 
  3. Trim Trees and Branches: Before spring growth begins, trim any overhanging branches or dead limbs around your property. This not only enhances the aesthetics but also prevents potential damage during storms and adds fire protection.
  4. Service Your HVAC System: Schedule a professional HVAC inspection to ensure your heating system is working efficiently. Clean or replace filters and consider upgrading to a smart thermostat for energy savings.
  5. Inspect Windows and Doors: Check for drafts and seal any gaps or cracks around windows and doors. This will help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and reduce energy bills.
  6. Prepare the Garden: Start preparing your garden for spring by pruning dormant plants, removing weeds, and adding compost. Consider planting early spring vegetables and flowers suitable for Northern California's climate.
  7. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: February is an excellent time to test and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This simple task can significantly enhance home safety.
  8. Clean and Maintain Fireplaces: If you have a fireplace, clean out the ashes, inspect the chimney, and ensure the damper is functioning correctly. This ensures safe and efficient operation. If you're still burning wood, consider more environmentally friendly options.
  9. Inspect Outdoor Lighting: With longer days approaching, make sure your outdoor lighting is in good working order. Clean fixtures, replace bulbs, and consider installing energy-efficient LED lights for enhanced illumination.
  10.  Review Emergency Preparedness: Take time to review your emergency preparedness kit. Ensure it is well-stocked with essentials like non-perishable food, water, first aid supplies, and important documents.

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