Getting Ready for Spring

Spring will be here soon. Trust us, it will. However, as this snow-filled winter draws to a close, property owners should take a few precautions to protect their homes. The spring thaw can bring with it a rapid snow melting, ice thawing, and heavy rains; all forms of weather that can result in serious damage to your home.

Homeowners need to be proactive and take preventative measures to reduce the risk of any damage due to spring runoff or flooding.

Here are some spring preparedness tips for you to consider:

  1. Monitor local weather forecasts and pay attention to warnings. Staying up-to-date with storm or flood warnings will let you make necessary preparation for the storm that’s coming.
  2. Inspect around your foundation and shovel snow away from your home. Make sure any runoff from your driveway, sidewalk, deck, or patio is directed away from your home.
  3. Inspect your eaves for debris or ice that may cause them to backup or overflow. Check downspouts to make sure they extend away from your basement walls and out toward the lawn or street.
  4. Make certain that your sump pump is in working order and that your drainage hose is clear of ice and debris. Consider adding back-up battery power so the pump will continue to work in the event of a power outage.

Thaw signIce on gutterYour home insurance may cover some of the losses, but it’s probably wise to take some time now to review your insurance policy and speak with your Nicol Insurance Broker to better understand your coverage.

Good fortune tends to favour those who are prepared, so take some time now and make certain your home and property is ready for spring.