How to prevent home damage this spring

9 simple tips

Spring is finally here! The snow will soon start to melt. While we can't wait to see the grass again, there are still a few things left to do before you can enjoy it peacefully.

In fact, spring is also the perfect time to take a look around your home to prevent disasters.

1. TEST THE BASEMENT DRAIN
Drain some water into your basement floor drain to make sure the water is flowing normally. If not, contact an expert to help you fix the problem.

2. CLEAN THE AIR EXCHANGER
Clean the filters of your air exchanger. Since air exchangers work mainly during the winter, it is important to make sure that it is able to operate for the following season!

3. INSPECT THE FOUNDATION
Check the foundation for any cracks. Is there a small crack? If so, seal it, both in the foundation wall and in the brick facing. This will prevent rainwater from seeping inside.

4. PRUNE THE TREES
Prune your trees to prevent branches from damaging your windows or roof during strong winds. This is a simple step that can possibly prevent a lot of damage.

5. CLEAR THE EXTERIOR BASEMENT ENTRANCE
Clear and check the basement entrance drain. A poorly cleared or clogged drain can increase the risk of infiltration around the basement entrance door..

6. INSTALL THE GUTTER DOWNSPOUT
Since they were removed in the fall, don't forget to replace any downspouts or extensions that keep water away from the foundation. It is essential to make sure that as little water as possible stays near the house.

7. INSPECT THE EXTERIOR SIDING
Check the condition of the exterior siding of the house to make sure it has not been damaged by snow or ice. If so, repair it as quickly as possible to prevent rainwater from damaging the structure of the house.

8. INSPECT THE ROOF
Check that no roof shingles have been damaged by ice or snow. If necessary, have the shingles repaired as quickly as possible.

9. CLEAN THE GUTTERS
Remove dead leaves and other debris from your gutters at least once a year to allow proper drainage.

And there you go!

You are now ready to enjoy the season without any hassle. Don't wait too long to use these prevention tips because although we always love to see you, prevention is always the best option!

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