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Prune and trim the landscaping

by Lisa Lawson

If you’ve just moved in or if your yard got out of hand during the winter, you may need to trim trees, prune shrubs and mow the lawn. To save money, you can trim or prune trees yourself, but hiring an arborist will ensure proper techniques are used.

Check air filters and ducts

by Lisa Lawson

A proper heating and air conditioning unit means clean ducts and filters to circulate the cold or warm air throughout the home. If they’re filled with dust, dirt or grime from years of use, it could prevent rooms from getting warm or cool when turned on. Check the ducts and filters for any dirt and clean and replace as needed. This should be a top priority for anyone who has allergies.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

by Lisa Lawson

Check every smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in your home at least once a year. If they aren’t working properly, you’ll need to change the batteries or have the alarms replaced. If your home is older, it may not have a carbon monoxide alarm, so be sure to get one installed.

If you just moved in, change the locks

by Lisa Lawson

You may not have considered putting new locks on the doors, but 66 percent of burglaries happen in residential areas. It’s never certain who the previous homeowners gave additional keys to, so you may want to hire a locksmith to install new locks. This is also a good opportunity to replace locks that are worn out or rusted. You may consider installing locks that require a key on both sides of the door for added security.


by Lisa Lawson

~~Hairline cracks (less than 1/16th of an inch) that are vertical or mostly vertical in poured concrete walls are common and typically not a concern.

Floor cracks are also common and not a concern if they are less than 1/2 inch wide and not heaving or settling.

Settling and temperature changes after construction can put enough stress on these stiff structural components to cause normal cracking.

Cracks in walls that are determined not to be an issue should be sealed to prevent water leaks. Even a small hairline crack can let water through.  Epoxy crack injection waterproofing is a common and effective ways to waterproof basement walls.

In addition, ensure that your grading, gutters and downspouts, and general drainage around your foundation's exterior are fully routing water away from your home

Of course, some cracks are a concern and may need repair.  Horizontal cracks are a sign of soil or water pressure exerting force on the foundation. This type of crack will need significant repairs.

If you are not certain if cracks in your foundation are a concern, contact a qualified foundation repair company or structural engineer



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