Spring is in full gear and if you haven't already done a check around the outside of your home now is definitely time.
- Check the roof to see if any shingles were damaged by ice and snow over the winter and replace where necessary before more serious problems occur.
- Downspout and eaves should be free of leaves and should drain the water four to six feet away from the foundation. Check around the foundation wall and look for soil which may have settled over the winter. If there are low areas build them up in order that water does not lie against the foundation walls. When building flowerbeds around the perimeter of a home, make sure the rainwater will drain away from the foundation. Improper grading, excess debris in window wells, dirty clogged eavestroughing, inadequate extensions or downspouts are the main causes of wet basements.
- It is safe to turn on the air condition when the outside temperature reaches at least 16"C. Turn the power on at least 24 hours prior to turning it on for the first time.
- The humidifier should be turned off and cleaned so that it is ready for the next winter. It is important to note that air conditioning removes humidity from the air and by leaving the humidifier on all summer, the air conditioner has to work much harder costing more in hydro bills.