At this time of year many people perform their “spring clean”, when they go through the house and make sure everything is clean from roof to floor. Now is a great time to also perform some basic preventative maintenance on you house, and address any issues which may damage your home and cause you to eventually make an insurance claim.
There are actually many insurance claims that can be avoided by using preventative measures, thinking ahead and identifying potential problems early on. Here is a list of the easiest preventative measures that you could incorporate into your spring clean to save you a lot of money!
Check your yard for any trees or shrubs that are getting out of control
Anything that might knock against the wall or windows should be trimmed back. This will also help prevent mold problems in your home and prevent damage to the building during storms.
Check the batteries in your smoke alarms
Make sure all of your smoke alarms are functioning correctly and change the batteries if you need to. Use this time to consider buying more smoke alarms, which can not only save your home from destruction, but can save your life.
Wash the outside of your house
Hire or buy a pressure washer and wash the exterior of your home to remove dirt and mold. Check for any damage to the house while you do it and check the condition of the paint. If you have a timber home, look for any split timber or water damage to the exterior which can grow to be a problem.
Wash the inside of you house
Wash the walls, paying close attention to any indications of mold or dry rot. If you notice a mold problem, chances are there is an issue with your roof, drainage or cracks in your concrete, letting water into the structure of the house. The sooner you spot that, the better.
Clean your gutters
Clean out any leaf litter in your gutters and make sure the guttering is still in good condition. Make sure there is no evidence of water building up in the gutters, or corrosion. Check that the downpipes are draining correctly and that the water isn’t winding up in the basement.
Check the condition of the roof
Look for cracked tiles, loose tiles or damage of any kind to the roof. Eventually your roof might have to be replace, but with some simple maintenance you can avoid a common insurance claim that people make when their roof leaks.
Check the concrete around the house and in the basement
Look for any cracks or damage that indicates the house is moving. These cracks could be responsible for water damage and any issues need to be detected as early as possible. Check the basement for any problems and fill them with a concrete or silicon crack filler.
Clean your carpets
Hire an industrial strength steam cleaner and clean the carpets. It can help reduce any mold problems and make your house much healthier, reducing the chance of health insurance claims.
Clean ceiling fans
Check the condition of your ceiling fans. Again, removing mold and dust is beneficial for your families health and can reduce the risk of health or household insurance claims.