Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, and as a homeowner, you’re ready to enjoy some time relaxing in your yard or on your patio with your family and friends after a long winter indoors.
Unfortunately, spring brings with it a few surprises that may have been lurking in and around your home all winter unbeknownst to you. As a homeowner, these are a few things you need to be aware of and prepared for.
Pests in your home
As the weather cooled off in the fall, outdoor creatures such as bats, mice, and squirrels began to look for cozy places to spend the winter. The cold weather meant decreased activity as they settled in. You may not even have realized that pests had taken up residence in your attic or other areas of your home until the warm spring weather brought them out of hiding!
It’s important to call a pest control company right away if you suspect you have pests in your home. They can help you determine how the pests are getting in as well as how to get rid of them. You may be able to get rid of mice yourself, but keep in mind that some rodents and other pests will leave behind droppings that may need to be professionally cleaned to avoid spreading disease and keep your family safe.
Springtime is known for bringing bouts of much-needed rain which helps to start the growing season off right. But too much rain can lead to flooding inside of your home, a problem no homeowner wants to deal with. Interior flooding can also be caused by pipes that froze and burst over the winter.
Once you’ve figured out where the water is coming from and fixed the problem you are left with the big job of cleaning up the water damage. Water in your home can be devastating, but you should know that water clean up is a professional service that is available. The damage may look bad, but many personal items, as well as finished construction of your home, can be salvaged with the proper care.
Tree branches breaking
Springtime also brings heavy winds, as the changing weather causes uneven heating of the earth. Heavy snow over the winter may have damaged the trees in your landscape, and strong spring winds can pull down these trees and branches causing damage to your home or even your family.
Springtime is a good time to pay attention to your trees and see if you notice any areas where branches are breaking off or new leaves aren’t growing. This can be a sign that your trees are in need of some professional care. Consult with an arborist to see if your trees need to be pruned or removed before they cause damage to your home.
These major problems can be costly to deal with, but recognizing a problem quickly and calling in a professional when needed can save you both time and money. To avoid this type of issue in the future, make sure you take these preventative measures and keep your home and family safe for years to come.