The days are getting longer – and spring is just around the corner. Winter can be tough on your home, but the arrival of spring serves as a great reminder to perform a safety inspection to assess and repair any damage.
“Spring is a great time to catch up on home maintenance,” said Robby Buen, AAA Oregon/Idaho Senior Insurance Manager. “Small repairs can save you money and headaches down the road.”
While you’re cleaning out the closets, add these tasks to your spring home to-do checklist:
Inspect your roof
Look for damaged shingles or tiles and have them replaced, and repair any cracks in the base of the chimney to prevent water damage from leaks.
Trim your trees
Prune tree limbs to keep them away from your home, decks, and outbuildings in case strong winds or rain cause them to break. If a tree is too close to your house, consider having it removed.
Clean out your gutters
Remove leaves, sticks, and other debris so rain from spring showers can flow freely. Secure your gutters and make sure downspouts drain away from your foundation, extending the bottom at least six feet away from your home if possible.
Check for appliance leaks
Look for signs of leakage around your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater and other appliances. Even small leaks can lead to major damage, so consider installing water sensors that can alert you of water by alarm or mobile app.
Clean your dryer vent
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 home dryer fires happen every year, causing $35 million in property loss annually. Cleaning dryer vents could prevent about a third of those fires – and clean your lint trap after every use.
Review your Insurance Coverage
As you work through your spring home to-do checklist, don’t forget to call your AAA insurance agent or 1-866-222-7868 or visit your local service center for more information about auto and home insurance.