Spring is a great time of year with many exciting seasonal changes which include the budding of trees and flowers, longer periods of daylight, and thawing of snow and ice. However, with seasonal changes come potential seasonal problems. Take a look at these simple steps to prevent property damage to your home or office during the spring season.
Check for loose or leaky gutters or clogged downspouts. Ensure downspouts drain away from the property, at least 5 feet, and are clear of debris. Existing and new landscaping projects should divert water away from the building. Improper drainage can lead to water damage to the foundation or basement.
2. Washing Machine
Inspect your washing machine fill hose and look for cracks that could turn into leaks. A leaky hose 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.
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 clean vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer runs. 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 clogged with dust, they are less efficient and cause your fridge to work longer, which increases your electric bill. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a brush to clean the coils. While you’re cleaning the coils, check water lines for leaks to avoid water damage.
5. Sump Pump
Cautiously pour water from a large bucket into the crock. Observe 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 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.