By Megan Cooney, Marketing Assistant
Springtime is officially here! However, don’t be so quick to forget the winter season. This year’s winter was a particularly harsh one, with subzero temperatures and heavy snowfalls. Although the sunshine and warm spring weather have been much anticipated for quite some time, they will also reveal the damages your house may have endured throughout the winter months. Now is the perfect time to begin your annual spring maintenance.
Follow these five steps to ensure your home is in peak condition for the rest of the season:
- Clear away all debris from gutters and downspouts and check for leaks or issues with drainage. Make sure water flow is directed away from your house. Reattach gutters so they are flush to the roof, with no sags or dips.
- Inspect your roof for damage. Roof shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose, or missing make your home more susceptible to leaks and other damage. Call a roofing professional to assess what needs to be repaired or replaced.
- Examine your house’s foundation for cracking, heaving, or deterioration. If the damage is severe, call a professional. Look for damage to siding, and caulk edges by window sills, doors, etc.
- Call a certified professional to inspect your chimney and heating and cooling unit for damages.
- Check to ensure your sump pump is working properly, and install a battery backup. This will alert you that the backup is working if the electricity goes out.
Review your policy with your insurance agent to ensure you are adequately covered in the event of a claim. Contact your account representative at 800-342-3859 or www.mcgrathinsurance.com.
*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.