Spring is a great time of year with many exciting seasonal changes which include the changing of trees and flowers, longer periods of daylight, and snow and ice thawing. However, with seasonal changes come potential seasonal issues. Take a look at these easy steps to help 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 foundation, approximately 5 feet, and are clear of debris. All current landscaping should divert water away from the foundation. Water damage can occur to the property from improper drainage.
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 severe 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 reduce your risk for damage.
Wipe out your dryer vent and take a look at the outside exhaust. All of the lint is not caught in the lint trap and can clog the vent. A clear vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer runs. A plugged vent is not only less efficient, but can cause a fire.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils. The coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If clogged 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
Slowly pour water from a 5-gallon bucket into the crock. Observe the sump pump switch. It should turn on and begin to pump water from the crock. Wait until the water pumps from the crock to ensure the pump turns itself off, and then slowly pour the remaining water in the crock to ensure the pump turns on again.
We hope these Spring Property Tips help you and your family avoid property damage from the changing season. If you do have any damage to your property from fire, water, mold or storm, please don’t hesitate to Call Paul.