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March Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist

Written by | Updated March 30, 2020

Spring cleaning is fully underway as the snow melts and the flowers begin to bloom. Read our monthly home maintenance and safety checklist to ensure you’re ready for March.

1. Hallways

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors 

Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Hold the test button down until you hear a loud siren. If you don’t hear anything, replace the battery. We also recommend replacing your CO detectors and smoke alarms once every decade. 

2. Outside 

Inspect Roofing 

Look for leaks and missing, damaged, or loose shingles. Ice dams that formed over the winter can damage your roof and lead to expensive repairs down the road. 

Test Your Garage Door 

Make sure the auto-reverse feature works by placing an object underneath the garage door. If the door doesn’t reverse when it encounters the obstacle, it requires too much force and should be repaired. 

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Check Exterior Drainage 

Look for leaves or vegetation and clear any debris to make sure water flows freely.

Get Your Air Conditioning System Serviced 

This will ensure it’s working properly for the hot months to come.

Repair or Replace Damaged Window Screens 

This will help protect your home from outside bugs and critters. Add door and window sensors for a little extra security. 

Clean Road Salt from Entrances 

This is important to avoid damaging concrete, asphalt, and wood. Road salt can also damage pets’ feet, so be sure to keep your walkway clear once the snow and ice is gone.

3. Bedroom and Living Areas

Clean the Fireplace 

This helps prevent soot accumulation, which could fuel a chimney fire. It’s also smart to make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand to keep near your fireplace.  

Cover Electrical Outlets

Also ensure they’re not overloaded to prevent an electrical shortage or power outage. Outlet safety covers are also a good step to take when babyproofing your home or keeping curious little fingers away from danger. 

Clean Carpets

Clean your carpets to remove stains and prevent unhealthy accumulation of soil and dirt. This is also a good way to get ahead of spring allergies by removing pet hair and dander. 

Dust Baseboards 

This prevents dust buildup and makes your home look fresh and clean. Touch up baseboards and doors with paint to prevent chipping and preserve the wood’s integrity. Invest in a robot vacuum cleaner to make the job easier.

Check Caulking 

Fix caulking on weather stripping and windows to prevent drafts or water from getting in your home. Add a water leak detector under your sink or the hot water heater to prevent pooling and other water damage. 

Clean Shelves 

Reduce dust and dirt accumulation on bookshelves and cabinets.

4. Bathroom 

Clean Showerheads 

Remove showerheads and clean off sediment and mineral deposits so water flows freely.

5. Basement

Change Furnace Filters 

This will keep airflow unobstructed. If the furnace is clogged, it has to work harder, which will cause it to wear out faster.

Flush Hot Water Heater 

Remove sediment so your water heater keeps performing at its best. Sediment buildup makes it harder for the heater to heat the same amount of water.

Vacuum Your HVAC System 

Cleaning out your HVAC system ensures it operates efficiently.

Clean the Washing Machine and Dryer 

This helps remove odors and keeps the machines running smoothly.

Purge Junk from Your Laundry Room 

By doing this, you can prevent dust and lint from taking over the space.

6. Kitchen 

Clean Your Garbage Disposal 

Keeping the garbage disposal clean prevents unwanted smells and bacteria.

Clean out the Pantry 

Toss expired food, wipe down all your pantry shelves, and sweep or mop the floor. This will deter bugs from infiltrating the area.

FAQ

What can I do to make my home safer year round?

Check your fire and CO detectors once a month to prevent home fires and annoying false alarms.

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Google Nest Protect Smoke/CO Detector

It’s also smart to keep your home electronics safe. Make it a habit to change your Wi-Fi password and account passwords online to protect from hackers.

How can I get ready for spring?

Spring cleaning, pest control, and gardening are all in your future. Check out our full Spring Safety Checklist to get the full story. 

Written by Katie McEntire

Katie McEntire has tested home security systems in her own apartment, installed GPS trackers in her own car, and watched her cat, Toki, nap all day through a live nanny cam feed. As an expert reviewer, she believes that firsthand experience is the best way to learn about new products (even if it requires being the guinea pig). She specializes in pet safety and DIY security and has contributed to publications like DigitalCare.org and TechGuySmartBuy. Learn more

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