Spring has officially arrived — and that means warmer weather and more time that you can enjoy outside. Of course, spring and summer also bring their fair share of rain and thunderstorms that could damage your home. By taking a few key steps to prep your home for spring, you can have confidence that it can withstand anything Mother Nature throws your way.

Inspect the Roof & Gutters

Fallen tree branches, ice dams, and other winter storm damage can greatly increase your risk for roof leaks during spring rainstorms. Inspect your roof for damage and clean off any debris. Clear leaves, sticks, and other buildup out of the gutters so they don’t overflow.

Clean the Dryer Vent

Over time, lint will build up inside your dryer vent. This traps heat inside the dryer, which could cause the lint to combust and start a house fire. You can remove lint with a specialty dryer vent brush. Disconnect the vent from the back of the dryer, as well as the exterior vent cover outside your house, to remove buildup from these areas.

Check Your Landscaping

The landscaping around your property should slope away from the house to direct rainwater away from your foundation. Replenishing soil in this area to ensure a favorable slope will help prevent basement leaks.

By proactively addressing these issues with your home and landscaping, you can avoid costly repair problems in the months ahead. If your home suffers damage during a storm, don’t wait, submit your claim to your agent to get everything resolved as quickly as possible.