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Spring Maintenance for the Home

Posted Apr 17th, 2017 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Home Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

Considering spring is upon us we felt it important to share with you some home maintenance tips that are essential for ensuring your home is in tip top condition. Plus, following regular seasonal maintenance helps lower your likelihood of claims.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the winter season is over! It’s a great time of year to complete spring home maintenance.  In gearing up for the summer season, check out our home spring maintenance tips.

Spring Home Maintenance, Youngs Insurance

Check for Cracks in the Foundation

Hairline cracks in your home’s foundation are generally normal, however, if they have gotten worse then there could be a problem.  If the crack is large enough for a dime to fit in, you should call a structural engineer to examine the problem.

Check Your Roof

Make sure the shingles aren’t cracked, loose, lifting or have come off.  If you noticed any of these issues it might be a good idea to have a professional take a look to see if your roof needs any repairs done.

Take Time to Landscape

It’s always nice to pretty up the outside of your home with some flowers and greenery.  That being said, it is important that any branches on unhealthy trees are removed to ensure they don’t fall and cause damage to your home and/or property.  Also, keep trees pruned so they are not close enough to your house to do any damage.

Repair Walkways

It’s common for walkways and driveways to become cracked after winter.  Repair any trouble spots to minimize the chance of someone tripping and falling while on your property.

Clean the Eavestroughs & Downspouts

Poor drainage can lead to water getting into your basement.  Clean the eavestroughs and check that they are not loose or leaky.  Your downspouts should extend at least 1.5 metres away from the house so the water drains towards the street instead of by your house.

We hope you find our spring home maintenance tips helpful!

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