Spring is a vibrant time of year with many exciting seasonal changes which include the growth of trees and flowers, longer days, and snow and ice thawing. However, with seasonal changes come potential seasonal problems. Take a peek at these simple steps to prevent property damage to your home or office during the spring season.
Make sure there are no loose or leaky gutters or clogged downspouts. Ensure downspouts drain away from the building, approximately 5 feet, and steer clear of debris. All current landscaping should divert water away from the building. Improper drainage can lead to water damage to the foundation or basement.
2. Washing Machine
Take a look at your washing machine fill hose and look for cracks that could become leaks. A hose that leaks under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time. The 5/8” hose can pump 10-12 gallons per minute. Consider changing to a no-burst hose to decrease your risk for damage.
Clean your dryer vent and take a look at the outside exhaust. All of the lint is not caught in the lint trap and can lead to a clogged vent. A clear vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run. A clogged vent is not only less efficient, but can cause a fire.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils. The coils on the bottom or back of your refrigerator conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If coated with dust, they are less effective and cause your fridge to work harder, which increases your electric bill. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a brush to clean the coils. Also, check water lines for leaks to avoid water damage.
5. Sump Pump
Cautiously pour water from a 5-gallon bucket into the crock. Keep an eye on the sump pump switch. It should turn on and start to pump water from the crock. Wait until the water pumps from the crock to make sure the pump turns itself off, and then slowly pour the leftover water in the crock to ensure the pump turns on again.
We hope these Spring Property Tips are helpful to you and your family to property damage from the season change. If you do have property damage from fire, water, mold or storm, just pick up the phone and Call Paul.