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Winter can cause a variety of damage to your property. Now that spring showers are beginning, inspect your home for winter damage. It’s important to fix this damage as soon as possible. Spring rain can cause serious water and mold damage. ServiceMaster of Portland compiled a list of maintenance tips to help you avoid spring water damage.
Fall isn’t the only time to inspect your gutter system. Make sure it’s able to handle upcoming spring showers.
- Remove any debris or blockages that might exist.
- Patch leaks and any other damage you may find.
- Angle downspouts so water can flow away from your home freely.
Check for Critters:
Winter is a common time that critters seek shelter anywhere warm. Critters can cause a large amount of damage.
- Look for openings around the perimeter under your home, in your attic or basement.
- Seal these openings to prevent critters from finding their way into your home.
Test Sump Pump:
Your sump pump may have done some overtime this past winter. However, its work isn’t done yet. Spring showers may test its ability even further.
- Look in the sump pit for damage or debris.
- Test your sump pump by slowly pouring five gallons of water into the pit.
- Watch your sump pump work to remove the water. If it doesn’t, you may have a clog.
Check Your Deck:
Snow and ice can put stress on your outdoor decks. Moisture and mold cause boards to warp and fall apart.
- Start by clearing off leftover snow, ice and debris.
- Use a wood cleaner and a cleaning brush to gently scrub off stuck on grime.
- If you haven’t already done so, apply a stain or sealer to repel spring moisture.
Inspect for Roof Damage:
We experienced a few snowfalls this year in the Portland Area. Snowmelt can seep into your roofline causing interior and exterior water damage.
- Remove debris on your roof and exterior vents.
- Repair missing shingles or any other damage you may find.
- Ensure your roof is airtight.
Prepare Garden Equipment:
Before winter, you may have shut down your yard to prevent cold weather damage. Now it’s time to de-winterize so you can enjoy the upcoming warm weather outdoors.
- Remove covers from outdoor water spigots, furniture and plants.
- Reconnect hoses.
- Turn your sprinkler system back on by reprogramming it and opening the water valve. You also may need to clean off sprinkler heads if you find debris.
Check in on your heating and air conditioning unit. Your heat has been blasting all winter long and you’ll probably need to turn on your air conditioning soon.
- Dust your HVAC system, focusing on vents.
- Change your filters.
- If needed, have a professional inspect and clean your ductwork to avoid spring respiratory problems.
We hope the tips above help keep your home dry from spring showers. ServiceMaster of Portland has over 50 years of experience restoring water, fire and mold damage in the Portland Metro area. Contact us day or night for emergency water restoration services. Our team of experts use leading industry protocols and standards to provide the high-quality service our customers deserve.
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