As the warmth of spring approaches, it’s easy to forget the damage that harsh winter weather may have done to your house. A bit of spring maintenance now can prevent costly repair bills later. Review these 10 tips for spring maintenance to avoid any unwelcome surprises.
1. Inspect your roof
Repair any damage caused by snow or ice to prevent leaks during spring storms.
2. Clean your gutters
Regularly check and clear debris from your gutters and downspouts. This will prevent water from overflowing and reduce the risk of water damage.
3. Check your smoke detector
Change the batteries in your smoke detector and test every smoke detector to ensure it’s working properly.
4. Stop leaks
Check the seals around your windows and doors for cracking or hardening caulk.
5. Beware of trees
Visually inspect trees for damage or rot. Remove dead or unhealthy trees, which could fall in heavy winds.
6. Clean the air conditioner
Clean or replace your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) filters. A dirty filter will force your system to work harder, which can be costly and inefficient.
7. Inspect wires
Check for frayed wires, loose outlets, or cracked plugs. Make sure no cords or outlets are overloaded.
8. Prevent water damage
Check connecting pipes and hoses on all water appliances (e.g., dishwashers, laundry, sinks, and toilets) for cracks, leaks, or dampness.
9. Repair cracks
Create a safer walking and driving area by fixing cracks in the driveway and sidewalk.
10. Touch up the lawn mower
Change the oil on your lawn mower and sharpen the blades.
Contact Christensen Group Insurance for more information on seasonal home maintenance.
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