Ready your home for warm weather and prevent water damage from snow melt and spring showers by heeding the following advice from Peter Duncanson of ServiceMaster Restore.
· Before the weather heats up, shovel any lingering snow at least 3-5 feet away from the base of your home. Then, examine your foundation and keep an eye out for cracks or pools of water from snow melt. Caulk any and all cracks as soon as you find them to prevent water from seeping into your home, and redirect standing water away from the home.
· Turn on the water to your outdoor spigots or sprinkler system, and reconnect the hoses you brought in for winter. Remove covers from plants and outdoor equipment. If you have a lawn or garden, now is the time to fertilize the soil to ensure healthy growth in the spring. Check your grill and other appliances to ensure the parts still function properly. Inspect your patio or deck flooring for rotting boards, and replace any you find. Then, pull the patio furniture from storage so you and your loved ones can fully enjoy the warm weather.
· Check your windows for cracks and your screens for tears. Look for flawed seals and peeling along the trim, and replace any faulty parts. If you have a basement window well, check or replace the water guard to protect against basement flooding. Rain water and dripping snowmelt can easily seep through tiny openings and damage surrounding walls and interior areas. Undetected and untreated water damage can lead to mold, so it’s best to correct poor sealing in the first place with a simple window check.
· If you find evidence of water damage in or around your home after winter, take photos and call your insurance agent immediately to start the claims process. Water damage requires quick remediation to prevent extensive, expensive repairs and harmful mold growth. After speaking with your insurance agent, call the experts at ServiceMaster Restore for a full water damage remediation plan that will keep your home safe and sound for many seasons to come.