Consider these isolation-busting spring home maintenance tasks if you want something to do with your free time. These spring chores will keep you busy while improving your home and help keep your home safer from common home insurance claims!
Inspect Your Roof and Attic
Some home experts say it’s best to fix it from the outside. Inspecting your roof and attic for potential damage or leaks is a great place to start your spring home maintenance tasks.
Check your roofing for any significant damage or wear and tear on a dry day. When it’s raining, check your attic to ensure there are no leaks. The last thing you want is a significant leak from rain, so it’s best to inspect your roof and attic often. If any issues or concerns are found, get them fixed right away!
Clean Perimeter Drains and Gutters
Your roof may be fine but are your gutters and overall perimeter drains okay? If water is sliding down your roof and into your gutters, that’s great! However, significant problems can arise if too much organic debris in your gutters obstructs the rainwater from draining correctly. Ensure your gutters are clear so water can flow freely to your perimeter drains. Water trapped in gutters can cause major problems if not resolved, including mould, leaks, and rotten wood.
Inspect & Re-Caulk Window Caulking
Our windows are great for allowing light into the house while keeping wind and water away, but they can also be a common area where leaks occur because water can find a way through the cracks where windows and walls connect. To avoid leaky windows, inspect the caulking around them to ensure they look okay. It is relatively easy to re-caulk windows that could use reinforcements.
Check Exterior Paint
Paint is visually appealing for your home, but its ultimate goal is to protect the surface that it’s on. Beneath the paint is the primer, which adheres to the wood or Hardie board. The bare wood and boards are exposed to the sun and rain when the paint and primer fail. Inspecting your home for peeling, cracking, and chipping paint is critical. If any exterior areas are starting to peel, a quick touch-up can go a long way to keep your home safe.
Move Plants Away From Your Home
Nicely kept gardens can add curb appeal to homes, but people often make the mistake of gardening too close to home. If soil, plants, bushes, or trees are too close and too high compared to your home, it can increase the chances of pests, damage, and more. Walk the perimeter of your home to ensure gardens are pruned away from the home. This is also an excellent chance to check your home’s landscaping level to ensure water can flow away from the house.
Ensure Fire Extinguishers Are Handy
Small fires can quickly become big fires (and big problems), so it’s essential to have fire extinguishers around the house, just in case. Adding fire extinguishers around your home can save homeowners thousands of dollars in fire damage by helping contain any fires that may start.
Ask Us Anything!
If you have any questions about the above spring maintenance task ideas or want more ideas for home maintenance tasks to keep home insurance claims at bay, we encourage you to contact us at Harbord Insurance today! Our team of insurance professionals is here to help you, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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