Spring is here! Time to check those connections

Finally! It’s been a particularly harsh winter for much of the country and we’re all looking forward to a milder spring. Some areas like our Detroit area offices have seen over six feet of snow leaving us ready for some sunshine and flowers!

Once the icicles melt and before April showers start to come, it’s a perfect time to inspect your antenna and satellite installations to see how they made it through the winter. Don’t just take it for granted that everything’s fine just because you’re getting reception. Look for corroded connectors, loose fittings, cracked mounts… anything that could ruin your viewing enjoyment. If you made note of your satellite strengths before the winter started, run a signal strength test to see if there’s any reason to think that you’ll have to re-aim. Take a look at the dish heater’s power supply and wiring to make sure it’s still safe, and if you mount to the roof, now is the time to inspect that whole area to make sure there’s no chance of a roof leak.

While you’re out there, take a moment to look at the network terminal for your phone and internet, and make sure it’s clean and that no wires look loose or corroded. If they do, call your service provider immediately.

A little spring cleaning is always a good thing and so don’t stop with the outside of the house. Check all your wiring inside the house for potential insect damage or even vermin damage. Those little critters look for places to hide when it gets cold. If there’s wiring in the basement, it’s not a bad idea to make sure the basement drain is open so that there’s less chance that a flooding problem could ruin your wiring too.

And above all, enjoy springtime! This year especially, you’ve earned it!