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Cleaning Dirty GuttersWhen you make the transition from renter to owner, you become completely responsible for the upkeep of your home. The first step in protecting your investment is to secure a comprehensive Georgia homeowners insurance policy. Beyond that, it is important to maintain your home to prevent damage. One of the best ways to manage home maintenance is to perform seasonal checks. Here are some of the most important spring maintenance tips for new homeowners.
  • Conduct a "safety check" inside your home. Do your smoke detectors have fresh batteries? Is your air-conditioning unit working properly? Spring is also the ideal time to replace all of your air-conditioning filters and to vacuum in and around your clothes dryer hose. Built up lint and debris is a top cause of household fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers cause 92% of all household appliance fires, and failure to clean lint was a key contributor to many of those.
  • Check your roof and gutters. Spring is the ideal time to clean debris from your gutters and install gutter guards. When gutters become clogged, water pools on your roof. Your gutters' downspouts should point away from your foundation, because pooling water can damage it. Gutter extensions are available if needed. Also, evaluate your roof shingles or tiles. If you see any that are cracked, loose, missing, or damage, call a reliable roofing company right away to repair the damage before it causes your roof to leak.
  • Evaluate trees in your yard. Remove any dead, dangling, or damaged tree limbs. When spring and summer storms roll in, dead branches can become projectiles and damage your roof and windows. If you see tree branches encroaching on power lines, contact your power provider about having them trimmed.
  • Repair concrete. Small cracks in sidewalks, driveways, and paths around your home can collect water. When those areas freeze in winter, they contract and often causes larger cracks or buckling. Spring is the time to fill cracks and have more serious damage repaired, so it doesn't become worse or cause someone to trip and fall.
Your home probably is, by far, your most valuable investment. Protect your investment with a comprehensive homeowner's insurance policy. Contact us at Fleming & Riles Insurance at (800) 833-4379 for expert guidance on the Georgia homeowners insurance coverages you need and to purchase a policy tailored to your specific needs.
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