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A Simple Home Utility Closet Check-up

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We are so close to spring we can taste it! Especially with all the extra rain we’ve been getting. But we still have a couple more weeks before we can get our lawns back in order. In the meantime now is a great time to check that utility closet and do a little home inspection.

 

Change air filters! We say this constantly, but it’s something we often overlook. Remember they need changed every 1-3 months.

If you have a humidifier in your home those heating pads also need replaced. Typically they just need changed once a year, so now would be a good time to do so.

 

Water heaters need some love too. It’s easy to pile things on top of the heater, but make sure that baby is clear of flammable items. And if you’re feeling handy- try to drain the water heater. Just hook up a hose and find a sump pit. If it’s been awhile there will be a lot of water, we suggest getting a hose cap for the valve to prevent leaking.

You can also do a super easy and quick gas leak check. Just splash some soapy warm water and if it bubbles, you may have a leak.

 

With the rain we want to make sure our sump pumps are also in order. Not all houses have one, but if you do make sure to replace yours every 3-5 years. Once they go bad, they go bad quick. To be on the safe side in case of a power outage or other disaster, it wouldn’t hurt to have a back-up attached as well.

 

And finally if you are worried about basement flooding of any kind, we think you’ll love this. A water alarm (ooo, ahh) It’s a simple alarm that when it gets covered in water will sound off and notify you that water is coming in. Pretty cool!

 

If you want more tips or to hear it from the man himself; Check out Pat Sullivan on WTHR!

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