Spring Cleaning Tips
As the weather starts to warm up, many of us feel inspired to spruce up the house with a little spring cleaning. But did you know that the right spring cleaning activities don’t only make your home look better, they can also help you avoid insurance claims?
Check out these spring cleaning tips to help you have a safer home!
Check the caulking in your kitchen and bathrooms.
Over time, the caulking surrounding sinks, bathtubs, etc. can begin to deteriorate. This can lead to cracks, which can lead to leaks and water damage. And when you have water damage, insurance claims can skyrocket. To minimize the risk, make sure that you are periodically checking – and when necessary, repairing – caulking in your kitchen and bathrooms.
Clean out the dryer lint hose.
You probably clean out your dryer lint trap on a regular basis, but when was the last time you cleared out the dryer lint hose? Dryer lint is extremely flammable, so cleaning out this hose not only makes your dryer run more efficiently, but it can reduce the risk of a house fire.
Change the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors.
It is recommended that you change the batteries in these detectors twice a year – usually when you change your clocks. So, if you missed changing these batteries when you “sprung forward”, pick up some fresh batteries today and replace the old ones.
Remove drain build-up.
Removing hair, toothpaste, and other debris from drains can be somewhat of a “gross” job. But this can be an important part of your spring cleaning since it will not only help to make your drains run better, but it can help you avoid back-ups and possible water damage. Depending on how blocked your drains are, you can clear them with plunging, snaking, or using a drain cleaner.
Replace your air filters.
Your HVAC system has been busy all winter circulating warm air through your house. Before you switch over to cooling your home, check the filter and replace it if necessary. This will help keep your HVAC system running at its best for a longer time.
Inspect weather stripping on windows and doors.
Over time, the weather stripping on your doors and windows can deteriorate which means that your home will be less energy efficient. Take some time to inspect your weather stripping, and if necessary, replace it.
Clear out gutters and downspouts.
The purpose of your gutters and downspouts is to direct water away from your home. When these get clogged however, water can end up pooling around your foundation which can lead to damage. As part of your spring cleaning, make sure that leaves and other debris are cleared away from your gutters and downspouts.
Inspect roof and siding.
Harsh winter weather can sometimes cause damage to the roof and siding of your home. Take a walk around your home and if you notice signs of damage, contact a repair service.
Make repairs to driveway, sidewalks, decks, and patios.
Large cracks, uneven surfaces, rotting wood, loose nails, etc. can all cause tripping hazards. Take some time to inspect the outside of your home for unsafe conditions and have them repaired.
As you are spring cleaning around your home this year, make sure to following these tips as they can help to make your home safer and just might save you from having to make an insurance claim.
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