Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks That Could Help Prevent Home Insurance Claims
Spring is here, and with all of this extra time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to do a round of spring cleaning. While it may not be your favorite activity, there are plenty of benefits. In fact, these spring cleaning tips and tricks can even help prevent expensive Home insurance claims.
Check Kitchen & Bathroom Caulk
While you’re scrubbing the tub and deodorizing your garbage disposal, take some time to investigate the kitchen and bathroom caulk in your home. Caulk can deteriorate over time and cracks in your caulk can quickly lead to leaks. By re-caulking when necessary, you can prevent costly water damage claims. Need some direction? Here’s how to re-caulk a bathtub.
Clean Out Dryer Vent Ducts
Even if you’re vigilant about cleaning the lint from your dryer lint trap, lint could still be infiltrating your vent duct. Not only does lint buildup make your dryer less effective, but it can lead to serious house fires. Avoid fire claims and keep your family safe by cleaning out your dryer ducts at least once a year. Not sure how? Here’s how to clean your dryer vent ducts.
Change Smoke Detector Batteries
A properly functioning smoke detector is essential for protecting you and your family in the event of a house fire. One of our favorite spring cleaning tips and tricks is using this annual event as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. But remember, you need to do this twice a year, so make sure to include this fire safety checklist item when you’re preparing your home for winter as well.
Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts
Spring cleaning isn’t just for inside. In fact, if you want to protect yourself from costly Home insurance claims, you’ll need to do some upkeep on the exterior of your home. By adding “cleaning the gutters” to your spring cleaning checklist, you could be preventing potential Home insurance claims related to foundation damage, rotted wood, roof leaks, water spots, basement leaks, insect infestation, and more.
Check Driveways and Sidewalks
Accidents happen, but regular upkeep to your driveway and sidewalks could prevent slip and fall accidents. While you’re doing your spring cleaning, be sure to check broken, uneven, or cracked surfaces on your driveway. If you find these problems, you’ll want to repair them right away to prevent anyone from getting hurt. In the meantime, one of our favorite spring cleaning tips is to make sure you’re clearing the weeds from between the cracks in your sidewalk and driveway, as they can lead to other damage, including driveway cracks, which will then need to be repaired.
Unfortunately, even the best laid plans can backfire, like we saw when one of our policyholders experienced a Shop Vac mishap that caused extensive damage to her home. Here’s what she had to say about her experience filing a Homeowners insurance claim at Grange Insurance Association.
Don’t leave your life up to chance! Grange Insurance Association cares about you, and in addition to offering the highest-quality insurance coverage, we’ll make sure you’re connected with a knowledgeable, compassionate claims adjuster in the event that you need one. Contact an independent agent to learn more. In the meantime, check out our insurance blog where we cover everything from signs it’s time to update your Homeowners insurance policy to how to insure an engagement ring.