Tips for Spring home maintenance

Insurance can only cover a portion of losses that might occur. Regular maintenance of your home will minimize problems and is good risk management.

Some of the things you should be doing this Spring include:

  • Winter can be hard on your roof. Check your shingles for damage. Replace any that are missing.
  • Clean out the eavestrough, for debris that has built up over the winter months. Spring brings rain, be sure it can be channeled away from the house. If you have a drainage ditch, be sure that it is cleared and water will flow away easily.
  • Clean your chimney and/or wood burning stove. This is a good time to consider having it serviced.
  • Walk around outside and check your property. The vents for exhaust, forced air and intake of air all need to be clear of snow and winter debris.
  • Check the caulking around your doors and windows. Look for any cracks in the foundation, and seal as needed.
  • Check plumbing and heating. Be ready for Spring water problems by checking the sump pump and the drainage from the sump. Check the hot water tank to make sure it is operating correctly. Turn on the water to the outside, once you are sure that winter is done. The furnace should be checked and all the filters cleaned or replaced. If you have concerns about doing these things yourself, then you can call a plumber.
  • This is a good time to check your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and replace any batteries for alarm systems.
  • Check your ground fault circuit interrupters on your electrical outlets. The reset button should pop up when you push the test button.
  • Doing your repairs to fences, window screens and washing and painting touch up, will bring to light any wood rot or concerns that need to be addressed.
  • The health authorities recommend that your cistern or well, have the water checked for quality and bacteria count at least every six months.