It’s hard to believe, especially in Michigan, that spring is right around the corner. As of right now, the snow is piled pretty high around my entire house. Even though green grass and dandelions are a few months away, now is a great time to start making that spring home maintenance checklist. Planning ahead will allow you to tailor the task to your specific home needs. Paying attention to some of the items below will prevent the need for filing small homeowners claims.
Start by walking around your home.
- Look at your roof shingles – do you see signs of curling, or damage from wind? If so, keeping up on these items can prevent major roof problems down the road.
- Check out the condition of the siding – replace any missing or broken pieces. This will ensure that no mold, mildew or animals get underneath.
- Window caulk – does it look intact? If not, you can purchase this at any handy store. Keeping up on this will prevent moisture seepage or leakage as well as damage to surrounding drywall.
- Inspect the chimney – now is a good time to have it cleaned as well.
- Look for loose or warped deck boards – heavy snow loads can wreak havoc on things like decks. Prevent any slip and falls from occuring once the summer entertaining season heats up by fully and carefully inspecting deck boards for signs of wear and tear.
- Pay attention to the attic – look for insects, staining, water problems, or signs of weakness or collapse of the structure.
- Review the basement foundation for cracks or leaks – generally a home insurance policy will not cover interior water damage as a result of ground water that leaks or seeps in through foundation walls. Prevent damage to your structure and personal belongings by making sure you foundation stays in tip-top shape.
- Check out burners on gas grill for clogs or obstructions – start the grilling season on a good note!
- Sump pump maintenance – this is another common source of interior water damage. Check the batteries and the overall condition of the pump to make sure nothing is broken or frozen from the winter.
- Clean gutters and downspouts – all of those leaves from last year have probably lingered around. Keeping gutters and downspouts free and clear will help reduce the chance of interior water damage.
Once again, taking these simple steps will help mitigate damage to your home. Share with us your tips and tricks for spring home maintenance. Until next time, think spring!