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Swing into spring with these home maintenance tips

Depending on where you live, spring can be a bit fickle. As you wait for the snow to melt, it’s a great time to get a head start on your spring home maintenance and repairs. Here are some home maintenance tips that will help protect your most valuable asset.


Ice dams

As snow and ice melts, this can cause damage to our roofs and eaves. Ice dams are a common problem that can cause significant damage to eavestroughs, and if not properly cleared, can lead to water damage inside your home.

Safety first! When in doubt, contact a professional. To access your roof, place your ladder directly on the ground. To remove an ice dam, start by clearing some of the snow from your roof, careful not to impact the roof directly. Using a mallet or shovel, gently break up the debris. You can also use calcium chloride, a chemical deicer, to melt the dam. Don’t use regular rock salt as this could damage your roof.


Inspect

Starting at the top, make sure your roof hasn’t sustained any damage over the winter. Look for missing or curled shingles that may indicate your roof has reached the end of its life.

Check your foundation and call in a professional if you notice any suspicious cracks or changes.

If you have a pool, keep an eye on the water level. Winter weather can damage the structure, liner, and lines. If you suspect there may be damage, call a professional to assess and repair.


Spring clean for safety

Protect your home from fire and water hazards by reviewing these common problem areas:

  • Vacuum the dust off the coils at the back of your fridge
  • Clean out the dryer vent
  • Check your fire extinguishers
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors
  • Test your sump pump
  • Check the caulking around your shower and tub

 

Protect your home

As you work through your spring home maintenance list, it’s also a great time to make sure you have the right home insurance coverage in place. Let us help you evaluate your needs. For questions or to get a quote, call AGR Insurance Brokers today at 1 -800-668-0250.