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Spring Cleaning: How to Avoid an Insurance Disaster

Posted May 1st, 2019 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Home Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

Spring cleaning is generally part of everyone’s to-do list; however, some tasks can easily slip our minds.  Here we provide some essential spring cleaning tips that could prevent a home insurance disaster.

Spring Cleaning: How to Avoid an Insurance Disaster, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

Don’t find yourself stuck with a home insurance disaster on your hands.  Here are some simple tips to add to your spring cleaning list!

#1 Outdoor Maintenance

Most people can’t wait to brighten their homes with flowers once spring arrives.  But there are other important things to do to avoid what could be an insurance nightmare.  Be mindful of where trees and shrubs are planted; thieves can easily enter your home by hiding behind them if they are blocking access points like windows.  You should also keep trees and shrubs away from access boxes or utility wires and keep them trimmed so they don’t damage your home’s exterior or roof.

#2 Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It’s important to ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.  You should check that they are functioning properly monthly, so you and your family will be alerted in case of an emergency. 

#3 Dryer Lint

Many people are in the habit of cleaning the lint trap after every dryer cycle, however, some debris could get blocked in the dryer hose which could lead to a potential fire.  To clean your dryer hose, simply use a slim vacuum attachment to clean any areas you can reach. 

#4 Driveways and Walkways

Even though we won’t be seeing snow and ice again until next winter, there are still steps to take to prevent slip and fall accidents on your property.  If your driveway or walkway is cracked, uneven or damaged in some way, you should immediately repair the problems. 

#5 Water Heaters and Air Conditioners

Do a thorough check of your air conditioning unit before turning it on to ensure it’s clear of debris.  You should also get in the habit of checking your water heater for leaks or signs or corrosion and have it replaced or repaired if necessary to prevent water damage from occurring in your home. 

We hope you found these spring maintenance tips useful!  Also, check out All You Need To Know About Home Spring Maintenance.

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