Spring is a vibrant 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 peek at these simple 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 property, approximately 5 feet, and steer 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
Examine your washing machine fill hose and check 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. You may want to consider changing to a no-burst hose to reduce your risk for damage.
Clean your dryer vent and take a look at the outside exhaust. Not all lint is caught in the lint trap and can clog the vent. A clean vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run. A plugged vent is not only less efficient, but can cause a fire.
Don’t forget to vacuum your refrigerator coils. The coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator conduct the hot air from inside the unit. If coated with dust, they are less efficient and cause your fridge to work harder, 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 season change. If you do have property damage from fire, water, mold or storm, just pick up the phone and Call Paul.