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Transitioning Your Home From Winter to Spring

The cold months are behind us, and while we are all anxiously awaiting the warm months ahead, there’s one question to keep in mind – is your home ready for the transition?

Between the rising temperatures melting snow and ice, and the spring showers, there could be a lot of water heading your way. If you’re not properly prepared, all of this excess water can wreak havoc on your property. Our Winmar experts have created a checklist to help you prep your home for spring.

 

Windows

  1. Check your windows for cracks and your screens for tears.
  2. Look for flawed seals and peeling along the trim, and replace any faulty parts.
  3. If you have a basement window, check or replace the water guard to protect against basement flooding.

Gutters

  1. Clear away any leftover snow, ice and debris from drainage path.
  2. Watch the excess water run through the gutter system to ensure your drainage works.
  3. Ensure downspouts are positioned so water flows easily away from your house.

Roof

  1. As snow melts, check for pooling water that could soak into the roof, attic or ceilings.
  2. Inspect your roof for any loose or missing shingles.
  3. Inspect your home for water damage.

Pipes

  1. Unwrap any covers you used to keep pipes warm during winter.
  2. Carefully check all pipes for cracks, damage and dripping water.
  3. Turn on faucets and check for leaks along length of pipes.

Foundation

  1. Shovel any lingering snow at least 3-5 feet away from the base of your property.
  2. Examine your foundation, checking for cracks or pools of water from snowmelt.
  3. Caulk any and all cracks as soon as you find them to prevent water from seeping into your home. Hire a professional if you don’t feel safe doing it yourself.

 

Taking these precautions can help you avoid an emergency this Spring, but if you do discover water damage, give our specialists a call. We’ll restore your property quickly and safely using proven methods, the latest technological equipment and our extensive experience.

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