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Prep your Home for Spring!

posted Feb 21, 2017, 7:27 AM by Jason Grubbs   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 8:37 AM ]
This week we're pleased to share insights on preparing your home for spring from guest blogger Meghan Holwerda of Multi Serve, a local provider of Insurance Restoration Services offering 24/7 emergency service.

Grand Rapids spring
Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted 6 more weeks of winter, but it is time to start thinking spring as far as your home is concerned.  The warmer weather will be here before we know it and it is always good to begin prepping your home for the upcoming season, before it arrives.

With the spring, comes stormy weather.  The heavy rainfall or high winds can create potential risk for water or storm damage to your property.  As a homeowner, it is important to make sure you protect your home as best you can from year-to-year by performing recommended seasonal maintenance tasks.  Following a regular maintenance schedule for your home, you can help avoid costly repairs before they occur.

As a professional contractor in the Insurance Restoration Industry, we've seen it all!  We have used our expertise to develop a checklist to help you take the necessary steps to protect your home this spring.  Many of these tasks you may be able to complete on your own, but for some you may want to consult a professional.

Check for Hazardous Limbs - To avoid damage to your home during storms, be sure to check the trees surrounding your home for unsafe or dead limbs and branches.  Contact a tree service for large limbs.

Grand Rapids gutter cleaning

Clean Out Gutters - Remove any leaves and debris that has accumulated during the winter.  Gutters direct rain away from your home and clogged gutters can make your home susceptible to water damage.  Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation.

Inspect Roof - Examine shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during the winter.  Replace shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose, or are missing granules.  Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.  The roof is your home's first line of defense against water damage, taking proper care is important to make sure to protect your home when a spring storm hits.

Check the Chimney - Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage.  Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

Check Outside Faucets - Make sure your hose faucets were not damaged from freezing temperatures.  Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening.  If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced.  While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

Inspect Driveway & Sidewalks - Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement.  All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation.  Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk.  When weather permits power-wash and then seal the concrete.

Grand Rapids air conditioner unit
Service the AC Unit - Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system.  Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels.

Change furnace filters - Remember, it is recommended to replace filters every three months!

Test Detectors - It is very important to always test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and replace batteries or devices if necessary.

Clean Dryer Vent - Not all lint gets caught in the lint trap.  Make sure you routinely clean your dryer vent out, this can prevent a house fire or at a minimum reduce dry times; saving you money.

Check Washing Machine Hose - A leaking or cracking fill hose under pressure can cause some major water damage, pretty quickly!