Spring maintenance tips to protect your home

Erin Browne

Check your roof for damage

Examine your roof for any damage caused by snow and ice, and make any necessary repairs to prevent leaks. If you have a skylight, be sure to check for and clear any debris or leaves that may have accumulated. You should also check your indoor ceiling for any sign of leaks.

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Tune up outdoor equipment

Make sure your lawn mower, tractors or any other equipment are tuned up before their first use of the season. Oil and gas for lawn equipment, as well as any related tools, should always be stored in a well-ventilated, locked area.

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Check your electrical outlets

Examine all of the electrical outlets in your home for any potential fire hazards, like frayed wires. Remember, extension cords and power strips are only designed to be used intermittently and should not remain plugged in indefinitely.

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Inspect water supplies for leaks

After opening outdoor water valves, inspect the components for leaks. Remember to check the indoor components of the plumbing, as well.

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Clean your dryer vents

Lint build-up can lead to damaging dryer fires. Clear your dryer’s vent pipe, as well as around the duct, of any lint. You should also clean both the dryer exhaust duct and underneath the dryer. Of course, remember to empty your lint trap regularly, as well.

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Check your smoke detectors

There should be a smoke detector on every floor of your home, and this is a great time to check that all batteries are working and the detectors are in good repair. You should also check the condition of any fire extinguishers in your home to ensure they will work if needed.

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Even out your walkways

Uneven walkways can lead to unnecessary injuries. Fill any cracks, holes or broken areas of your walkway and driveway to prevent your family and guests from falls.

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Inspect trees

Visually inspect any trees on your property for broken limbs and remove them, along with any dead trees. These can fall and cause damage if windy weather strikes.

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Contact your insurance agent

Give your insurance agent a call and let them know about any improvements or updates you’ve made to your home over the last year. This is a great time to conduct a new home inventory to ensure your policy provides the proper amount of coverage.

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There are few things more satisfying than a good spring cleaning. As the weather finally begins to warm, it’s important not just to take stock of the clutter around your house, but to take steps to protect your house itself.

This is the time to assess any damage that may have happened, or gone unaddressed, during the winter months. Spring often brings with it the increased possibility of severe weather, and taking care of repairs and routine maintenance can help minimize the risk of your home suffering preventable damage.

The slideshow above explains the steps you should take to maintain and protect your home with tips from Travelers Insurance.



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