Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time to shed those dreary winter layers and enjoy the warmth and sunshine! After the harsh and bitter cold of the winter season show your home some TLC with a bit of spring cleaning. We’ve compiled a list of our staff’s to-dos to get their homes ready for that warmer weather.
1) Update Flood Insurance Policy
April showers bring May flowers but those storms can also bring flooding. Whether you’re in a high-risk area or your home sits high, any home is at risk of flooding. An inch of water can cause up to $25,000 worth of damage, are you willing to take that risk? Give your TGS Insurance agent a call today or contact us here to either update your flood insurance policy or buy one. We do all the heavy lifting, so it’s easy!
2) Trim Your Trees & Tend to Your Landscaping
Take the time to cut back any tree branches that are hanging just a little too close for comfort to your house. A gust of wind during a major storm can cause devastating damage to your home if it hits that branch or tree just right. Also, be sure to cut back any shrubbery that’s near your home to prevent moisture buildup, mold and any other possible damage that could occur.
3) Clean Those Gutters!
Dirty gutters are not only just unattractive to look at, but removing all the buildup and debris will help you avoid gutter issues during spring rainstorms.
4) Check Your Ventilation
Make sure to check all of your air filters and replace any that are looking dingy. You should be replacing them every 3-6 months, depending on what kind you have. And while you’re checking filters, go ahead and give your dryer a good clean! We highly recommend giving the dryer vent in the back of the machine some attention. To clean it, just disconnect the vent from the back of the dryer and use either a vent brush or a vacuum hose to remove anything stuck in there. You’ll want to make sure the vent flap cover on the outside of your home moves freely. A clogged vent is a fire hazard and should be checked and cleaned periodically! Remember to also clean the lint tray to remove any lingering pieces of lint in those hard to reach places.
5) Check for Roof Damage
With all of the rain that comes in the spring, you’ll want to make sure your roof is still in-tact after a cold winter. You should be on the lookout for any faulty shingles, or other areas of concern. Anything small could develop into a huge problem during a large storm. If you find anything of concern, contact a professional who can help.
6) Check Your Siding & Foundation
Your home is there to protect you from the outdoors. Take some time to walk around your home and look for any siding that isn’t in place, foundation damage, or if you have open space under your home, that it’s sealed off properly. You don’t want any critters coming in and making their homes under yours, leading to unwanted problems.
7) Inspect Your Pipes
Take the time to inspect your pipes for any damage that could have occurred during the winter. Look for any potential leaks and fix any smaller problems before they become bigger.
8) Test Those Smoke Alarms
It takes a few minutes to do, it’s cheap maintenance and could save you and your family’s lives.
9) Make a Home Inventory
In the unfortunate event your home becomes damaged as a result of Mother Nature, having a home inventory makes the claims process infinitely easier. Whether you just need to update your current inventory, or start one, the spring is a wonderful time to take care of that.
Spring cleaning is no easy feat, and there’s an endless list of things you could do to maintain the integrity of your home. By taking a few basic precautions this spring season, you can avoid huge insurance claims and ensure minor problems stay that, minor. If something does happen to your home, we’re here to help.