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Spring has sprung! (We hope it sticks around, Vancouver!!) With a change in weather always comes a bit of home maintenance. This week we've got a few tips for making sure that your home is ready for spring showers...and hopefully some May flowers!

1) Check your roof! You don't have to get up on the roof to do this (safety is key!); Providing you don't have flat roof, most of the checking can be done from the ground with a pair of binoculars! Examine shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during the winter. Any shingles that are missing, cracked, buckled, loose or missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around vents, skylights and chimneys should also be checked and repaired, if necessary. We recommend that if any repairs need to be done that they are done by a qualified roofer!

2) Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage could direct water to your basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from foundation and are clear of debris. ONLY GET UP ON A LADDER IF IT IS SAFE! We also recommend that any gutter cleaning or repairs be done by a qualified professional.

3) Check the ground around your home. Find any holes or low areas? Use compacted soil to fill low areas in your yard or next to the foundation of your home. Heavy rains can cause yard flooding which can lead to serious damage to your foundation. Pooled water can also create a breeding ground for insects which could lead to a ton of other issues! No one likes calling an exterminator...

4) Like tips 1 and 2, your chimney can almost always be checked by having a close look through some binoculars - we recommend (as always) that any repairs and cleaning be done by a professional. Take a peek at your chimney for signs of damage, pay special attention to the joints between bricks or stones. Replace any missing bricks or stones and check for vegetation that may be growing on it.

5) Contact a heating and cooling contractor to service your AC or HVAC unit to keep the system working at peak performance levels and to try and catch any potential issues before they occur.

As always, we are here to help! Give us a call any time 604-731-4684 (Vancouver) or 604-434-8259 we are open from Monday-Saturday, something happens on a Sunday? No problem! Leave a message and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend from the team at GNK Insurance!

 

Sources:

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/repairing/6-must-do-outdoor-spring-home-maintenance-tasks-pictures

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/10-home-maintenance-tips-for-spring-pictures

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/2355-spring-home-maintenance-checklist/#.WNWL0KJlCUl

 

 

 

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