6 Fast Fixes for March
Early spring upkeep tasks to mark on your to-do list this month
Before spring rains, make sure the weight of snow and ice hasn't cracked or detached your gutters, then clear any debris that may cause clogs.
Use a fridge thermometer (about $5) to ensure that it's running at safe temps—35 to 38 degrees F—then clean the drain pan to prevent mildew growth.
Snow and ice storms can make weak branches bend and break. Prune injured limbs to help trees heal.
After turning clocks forward on March 9, remember to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Wiping them with a microfiber cloth can increase your home's brightness by up to 20 percent.
Dampness can cause mold, rot, and other issues, so look for signs of moisture, cracks, or leaks in basement walls. A dehumidifier can help with mild moisture problems, but if they persist, consult a pro.