It’s officially that time of the year where the weather gets warmer, the flowers begin to bud and we can finally enjoy walks outdoors again. Now that winter storm threats are behind us, we can look for any damage caused by the cold and make repairs, accordingly. With spring here, it also means that the snow will start to melt and that we’re about to get more rain, which means we’re at risk of home floods. So here are 5 tips for you to prep your home for spring!

1. Clean out your gutters and downspouts

After the last big snowfall, you may find that it’s quite necessary to clean out and possibly repair your gutters and downspouts. This is because if they’re clogged, wood trim can rot at the eaves and invite critters straight to your attic, which is not a pretty image. By cleaning them early in the season, you are also preventing damage that spring rains can cause. If water is not being diverted away from the foundation, double-check that there is no damage to your downspout.

2. Lookout for termites & mosquitoes

Pay close attention to any woodwork near your home, especially if there are holes in them. You may find termites flying in and out of them as they tend to appear during springtime. While these insects may be harmless, they can still bite, sing, or give you allergic reactions. To get rid of them, seal the woodwork and call a licensed professional pest control company and it’ll save the trouble of dealing with them. Prevent mosquitoes from getting into your home by removing any standing water near the windows and doors of your home. Mosquitoes are also attracted to light so try to limit your porch light usage and spray mosquito repellent around the perimeter of your home.

3. Check your roof and pavement

After snowstorms, hail, freezing rain, and more mixed weather conditions happen, it’s easy to say it can all take a toll on your roof. As it’s warming up outside, pull out your ladder and make a visual inspection of your roof. Keep a lookout for missing or damaged shingles and metal pipes. If anything doesn’t seem right, it might be worth it to call a roofer for further inspection or repair. The cold weather can also affect any concrete surfaces and asphalt on your driveway so be prepared to schedule patch or complete repairs.

4. Repaint your exterior

All this water can cause damage to your wooden fence and your home’s exterior, especially if they weren’t painted and protected previously. This can seem tedious and exhausting especially when choosing paint colours but by making it a fun, family activity, you’ll be able to customize your house to make it feel even more like home. At the same time, you’ll be protecting these surfaces come winter.

5. Check your sprinkler and irrigation system

As we begin to see more greenery rise, that also means maintaining it so make sure to check that your sprinkler and irrigation system is working well. You can do this by running the system through all zones manually and observing that each nozzle is functioning well. Adjust the heads to spray particular areas in order to check that they work. If you’re unsure how to maintain a sprinkler system, call a professional. You’ll save money on your water bill and protect one of our most valuable natural resources.

Keep your home protected from any damages that may occur this season with home insurance. At Cambridge Insurance, our team is always ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to learn more about the policies we offer.