Spring is almost here. After enduring the long cold winter, it’s finally time to start thinking about warmer temperatures again. Now is the time to prepare for spring and fix any issues that have surfaced due to winter storms. The Disaster One team shares these tips to help you inside and outside your home or business.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. It’s a good practice to change the batteries when you change your clocks at the start and end of Daylight Saving Time, but do it now so you don’t forget.
- Check flashing, caulking, and shingles on your roof for damage from winter weather. These are prime opportunities for water to enter your attic and cause damage.
- Clean leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts and inspect for damage. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and damage fascia or soffit boards, and the repairs can be costly.
- If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, purchase one and store it in an accessible place. If you already have one, inspect it and confirm it’s filled and ready for use.
- Inspect electrical outlets for fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose plugs. While we’re on the subject, don’t ever overload outlets or extension cords.
- Have a professional HVAC technician inspect and service your air conditioning system (get this done before warm weather hits or you may be in for a wait). While you’re at it, replace all of your filters.
- Check your water heater for leaks, corrosion, or other damage. Your water heater works harder in cold weather; make sure it survived and is ready to keep going.
- Clean lint, dust, and other materials from your clothes dryer exhaust duct. Thousands of fires are caused by clogged dryer vents each year.
- Inspect washing machine hoses for leaks and replace as necessary. Believe it or not, we respond to countless water damage losses caused by broken washing machine hoses every year.
- Check siding for any pieces that may have come loose during winter storms. Reattach or replace them or hire a professional to repair them.
- Trim trees and remove dead or loose branches. Falling branches are a leading cause of roof and other structure damage.
- Trim bushes back from crawlspace vents. These vents need to be unobstructed so they can allow outside air to circulate under floors and prevent moisture buildup that can encourage mold and rot.
- Check caulking and insulation around windows and doors and seal as needed to keep warm air out. A little time and money now could save big bucks in cooling costs later.
These tips can help you avoid problems from numerous sources. But rest assured if you do experience damage to your home or other structure, Disaster One is here to help.